v6 & DSL / Cable modems [was: Private use of non-RFC1918 IP space (IPv6-MW)]

John Osmon josmon at rigozsaurus.com
Thu Feb 5 22:06:14 UTC 2009

On Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 04:44:58PM -0500, Ricky Beam wrote:
> [...] I've lived quite productively behind a single IPv4 address for  
> nearly 15 years.  I've run 1000 user networks that only used one IPv4  
> address for all of them.  I have 2 private /24's using a single public  
> IPv4 address right now -- as they have been for 6+ years.  Yet, in the new  
> order, you're telling me I need 18 billion, billion addresses to cover 2  
> laptops, a Wii, 3 tivos, a router, and an access point? 

Thank you.  Your ability to live with proxied/NATed Internet access has
helped stave off the problems we're seeing now.  

The flip side shows up when Nintendo creates a cool new protocol for the Wii
that requires Internet access.  You Wii won't be able to participate
until you teach your proxy/NAT box about the new protocol.

I might not need a /96 for my razor, but I *do* want to have address
space that allows more than one thing in my house to participate fully
in use of the Internet.

I have a group of gear at my house that can live in a NATted
environment.  Those things get RFC-1918 space, and live happily.  I also
have a /28 for laptops, VOIP gear, etc.  -- I *like* those things
to have Internet access rather than proxy-access.

I have v6 space as well.  I'm awaiting the day that I can get it from
any common provider.

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