understanding IPv6 (was: Re: QUIC traffic throttled on AT&T residential)

Daniel Sterling sterling.daniel at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 09:35:12 UTC 2020

On Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 2:00 AM Fred Baker <fredbakersba at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm sorry you have chosen to ignore documents like RFC 3315, which is where DHCP PD was first described (in 2003). It's not like anyone's hiding it.

I am sorry as well!

I openly admit I am not the smartest bear in the woods. I struggle to
read through RFCs. Researching IPv6 for me means doing a web search
for "what ipv6 halp", to which google frustratingly returns: No
results found for "what ipv6 halp".

In all seriousness, I have been trying to understand IPv6 for a long
time, and the documentation that I read (again, admittedly not often
RFCs, but certainly Wikipedia, linux distro docs, etc) never mentioned
DHCP PD, or at least never mentioned it as something important for how
end-users would use IPv6.

So while it may be true that no one is hiding this information, in my
experience no one is shining a spot light on it either, and until I
was told about it, I was simply unable to understand IPv6.

Once we know something we can forget that everyone else doesn't know
that same information, and figuring out what inexperienced people need
to know to understand a topic can be difficult. So I am offering to
the community that "DHCP PD" is such a thing: it's something that
everyone who already knows how things works takes for granted.

So when someone points me in the right direction by mentioning such an
important piece of the puzzle, I am genuinely grateful!

-- Dan

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