IPv6/48 questions

Started by inaevrodom, Jun 17, 2022, 05:52 AM

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Suppose a provider promises to provide you with an IPv6/48 along with your Rackspace, but after a few months, they are unable to fulfill that promise due to being out of stock.
 If the provider continues to advertise the inclusion of IPv6/48 on their website and forum, is it fair and legitimate?


Many providers, if they have their own IPv6 space, usually receive a /32 or smaller allocation from which they can assign /48's. It is unlikely that they would run out of these as there are 65,536 available in a /32.
It might be worth inquiring about the actual reason why they cannot provide the IPv6/48. If you are satisfied with their reason, there is no need to be concerned, but the situation does seem strange.


It might be helpful to request a test IPv6 IP on their network to determine if the provider is having issues with IPv6 or if it is not enabled. Reporting this to law enforcement would not be necessary, as it is a civil matter.

However, it is crucial to check if all invoices with the provider are paid up to date since there may be a chance that they could hold your servers "hostage." Nonetheless, it appears to be unlikely that any provider would take such drastic measures if all invoices are paid up to date.


Compared to the fourth version, the TCP/IPv6 protocol boasts several additional functionalities. The header used is simpler, and non-essential parameters have been excluded, easing the load on routers when processing network requests. It also provides a higher level of security, authentication, and confidentiality. The implementation of Quality of Service (QoS) functions enables the detection of delay-sensitive packets. The use of multicast groups for transmitting broadcast packets enhances its capabilities.

To implement multicasting technology in IPv6, the built-in FF00::/8 address space is utilized. Support for the IPsec encryption standard is used to increase security, allowing data encryption without the need for application software support.

Currently, experts are discussing data security implications when hybrid applications of the two protocols exist. Providers build IPv6 tunnels to provide IPv4 users with access to high-level content, but the use of this technology increases the risk of hacker attacks. The auto-configuration function allows devices to independently generate an IP address based on the equipment's MAC address, which can be used to illicitly track confidential user data.


If the provider is unable to fulfill their promise due to being out of stock, it can be seen as a temporary setback. However, if they continue to advertise the inclusion of IPv6/48 on their website and forum without providing it, it could be considered unfair and misleading to potential customers.
It is important for providers to accurately represent the services they offer and make any changes or limitations clear to avoid any misunderstandings or dissatisfaction from customers.

IPv6/48 refers to a specific range of IPv6 addresses provided to customers by their internet service provider (ISP) or hosting provider. In the IPv6 addressing scheme, each address consists of 128 bits, which is significantly larger than the 32-bit IPv4 addresses. This allows for a vastly larger number of unique IP addresses to be allocated.

A typical IPv6 address allocation might be in the form of a /64 subnet, which provides a massive amount of address space to individual customers. However, a /48 subnet allocation is even larger, providing 2^80 individual /64 subnets. This allows customers to create multiple networks and subnets within their allocated address space.

Having an IPv6/48 allocation enables organizations to meet the growing demand for IP addresses and provides flexibility in managing their network infrastructure. It allows for network expansion, easier traffic routing, and simplifies the deployment of various services over the internet.

IPv6 adoption is becoming increasingly important as the world runs out of available IPv4 addresses. It offers improved security, better performance, and supports the growing number of devices that require internet connectivity.