IPv6 tunnel broker setup

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Hurricane Electric offers a free tunnel broker service that is relatively painless to use under Arch if you wish to add IPv6 connectivity to an IPv4-only host.

These instructions work for SixXS tunnels as well.

Registering for a tunnel

It is not that hard to do. Feel free to fill in the directions here if something seems tricky, but otherwise just go the tunnel broker site and complete the registration.

Setting up SixXS tunnel

First, you need to have aiccu and radvd installed.

Now edit /etc/aiccu.conf and fill in your data. If you have several tunnels, you need to also supplement the tunnel_id option in the file. The following is an example for a dynamic ayiay tunnel.

username <username>
password <password>
protocol tic
server tic.sixxs.net
ipv6_interface sixxs
automatic true
requiretls true
pidfile /var/run/aiccu.pid
defaultroute true
makebeats true
behindnat true

Test the configuration now with:

# systemctl start aiccu

If it works you can add a dispatcher script for the NetworkManager, so it will start whenever your network is ready. Note that enabling the service via systemd will not work, as the network will not be ready on boot. Please see FS#38221 for more details.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# Manual Running/Test: ./99-aiccu eth0 up
if [ -e /sys/fs/cgroup/systemd ]; then
  case "$2" in
      systemctl start aiccu.service
      systemctl stop aiccu.service

Configuring radvd and LAN side IP of the router: See Router[broken link: invalid section].

Setting up Hurricane Electric tunnel

Create the following systemd unit, replacing bold text with the IP addresses you got from HE:

Note: If you are behind a NAT (typical home router setup), use your local IPv4 address for Client_IPv4_Address, e.g.
Description=he.net IPv6 tunnel

ExecStart=/usr/bin/ip tunnel add he-ipv6 mode sit remote Server_IPv4_Address local Client_IPv4_Address ttl 255
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ip link set he-ipv6 up mtu 1480
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ip addr add Client_IPv6_Address dev he-ipv6
ExecStart=/usr/bin/ip -6 route add ::/0 dev he-ipv6
ExecStop=/usr/bin/ip -6 route del ::/0 dev he-ipv6
ExecStop=/usr/bin/ip link set he-ipv6 down
ExecStop=/usr/bin/ip tunnel del he-ipv6


Then start/enable he-ipv6.service.


If systemd-networkd handles your network connections, it's probably a better idea to let it handle tunnel broker too (instead of using a .service file).

Local=<local IPv4>
Remote=<tunnel endpoint>
Address=<local IPv6>
Gateway=<IPv6 gateway>

And, add this line to [Network] section of your default Internet connection .network file:


Using the tunneling with dynamic IPv4 IP

The simplest way of using tunelling with a dynamic IPv4 IP is to set up a cronjob that is going to periodically update your current address. To do that open crontab -e and add, in a new line:

*/10 * * * * wget -O /dev/null https://USERNAME:PASSWORD@ipv4.tunnelbroker.net/ipv4_end.php?tid=TUNNELID >> /dev/null 2>&1

Which should also make wget quiet and not bothering you with emails about its activity. Please replace USERNAME, PASSWORD and TUNNELID by the details of your account and tunnel. I would recommend running the command on its own first, to check if it works. To do that run:

wget https://USERNAME:PASSWORD@ipv4.tunnelbroker.net/ipv4_end.php?tid=TUNNELID