It looks like the BT Exact IPv6 tunnel broker is finally back up and running after being offline for a week. It seemsÂ they had a hardware failure of some kind which knocked out their whole TB operation. I appreciate this is a free service, but it’s still a pain not having it available. That said, IÂ was reluctantÂ to change to another broker since so far, ignoring this incident, their serviceÂ seems to be pretty good:
- Very simple to set up – no messing around with special applications.
- UK based, so onlyÂ 6 hops outside of my ADSL provider’s network, andÂ 4 away from my hosted server’s network. In both cases it’s a single hop straight from the provider’s network on to the BT network.
- Supports reverse DNS delegation.
- Simple interface for setting up and modifying tunnels.
Finding an alternative to this would have been hard. Unless anyone has any recommendations?
Obviously this is not an ideal long-term solution; I still have to tunnel over the relevant IPv4 networks to get to the broker. What I really want is native IPv6 straight from my service providers. I guess I expect this sort of service more from my hosting company, and when I last asked they said it’s something they wanted to look at. For the average person, though, this is something that needs to come from the ISP, but that’s probably a long way off.