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.

Registering for a tunnel

It isn't 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.

Tunnel rc.d script

For this script to work you will need the iproute2 package installed:

# pacman -S iproute2

Try the following init script to start and stop an IPv6 tunnel once you have registered it with HE. I placed this at /etc/rc.d/6in4-tunnel. Obviously some of the variables up top will need to be filled in.

For DSL users the link_mtu should be set to 1472


server_ipv4='' # HE Server Endpoint IP
client_ipv4='' # Your local IP
client_ipv6='' # Your HE-assigned client IP


. /etc/rc.conf
. /etc/rc.d/functions

case "$1" in
    stat_busy "Starting $daemon_name daemon"

    ifconfig $if_name &>/dev/null
    if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
      stat_busy "Interface $if_name already exists"
      exit 1

    ip tunnel add $if_name mode sit remote $server_ipv4 local $client_ipv4 ttl $tunnel_ttl
    ip link set $if_name up mtu $link_mtu
    ip addr add $client_ipv6 dev $if_name
    ip route add ::/0 dev $if_name
    # Here is how you would add additional ips
    # ip addr add 2001:XXXX:XXXX:beef:beef:beef:beef:1 dev he6in4
    # ip addr add 2001:XXXX:XXXX:beef:beef:beef:beef:2 dev he6in4
    # ip addr add 2001:XXXX:XXXX:beef:beef:beef:beef:3 dev he6in4

    add_daemon $daemon_name

    stat_busy "Stopping $daemon_name daemon"

    ifconfig $if_name &>/dev/null
    if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
      stat_busy "Interface $if_name does not exist"
      exit 1

    ip link set $if_name down
    ip tunnel del $if_name

    rm_daemon $daemon_name

    echo "usage: $0 {start|stop}"
exit 0

Start tunnel at boot time

Once you have that all setup how you want you will need to add 6in4-tunnel to your /etc/rc.conf file:

DAEMONS=(... 6in4-tunnel ...)