Posts in category 'ipv6'

  • IPv6 and self-hosting

    A little post about how I've used IPv6 and a dual-stack VPS to address common networking issues when hosting services at home. #ipv6 #selfhosting

    Many of the non-critical services I run–messaging, RSS, home automation–run on an Intel NUC I’ve hidden away at home. This has advantages over a VPS in that if I need additional resources, I can just add some memory or storage rather than having to move to a new service tier and paying that much more every month. Plus, given how much I’m working and using these services at home, having them hosted locally means higher perceived performance due to lower latency.

    Unfortunately, connectivity for services hosted on a residential broadband connection is always a pain in the butt. While over the years my residential broadband connection has been incredibly stable, I still face the challenge of changing IP addresses. And yes, I can set up dynamic DNS, but I’ve always found it relatively fragile (not to mention an enormous hack). Additionally, you have to contend with ISPs potentially blocking ports and so forth. And finally there’s all the issues with NAT, reverse port mappings, internal and external DNS record management, and on and on. Basically it’s painful and brittle.

    On what might seem like an unrelated note, IPv6 is still gradually getting deployed. Certainly mobile networks use v6 extensively, but outside that space adoption is still pretty nascent. As a result, it’s always been a bit questionable if deploying v6 at home is worth the trouble (minus the novelty and bragging rights).

    But it turns out that, with a VPS and an IPv6 tunnel, you can dramatically simplify the process of hosting services on a residential broadband connection. As a result, this has proven to be the “killer app” that has driven me to truly adopt v6 at home.

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  • Transition Complete

    Welcome to the new domain! As per my previous post, I’ve made the migration to my new domain, “b-ark.ca”. Additionally, this website is now IPv6 accessible, so anyone with IPv6 access (either through a tunnel broker, 6to4, or teredo) will be able to reach this place over v6 instead of v4.

    As an aside, Hurricane Electric and Afraid.org are awesome services. Tunnel performance is spectacular (I see maybe 20ms extra latency over IPv6 versus IPv4), and they provide a routed /64, a full routed /48 if you want it, and support for reverse DNS delegation (so my IPv6 addresses will reverse resolve to my host names).

    Meanwhile, Afraid.org has excellent support for IPv4 and dynamic DNS, and IPv6, both forward and reverse. Now maybe I’ll go apply for an “IPv6 Enabled” badge to stick on the website…