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Static WAN IP Address.

Archie07
4: Newbie

Hi,

I have a static WAN IPv4 address on my broadband account. Since earlier in the week I have noticed that I now also have a WAN IPv6 address. Does anyone know if this would also be a static address? It does not show in my online account, only the IPv4 one.

I ask as I had to correct the geolocation of the static WAN IPv4 address so I could access certain content on a Rep. of Ireland website form N.Ireland. This worked fine for the past 10 months but now I have the IPv6 address and it's geoloction is incorrect I can no longer access the content on the website. I don't want to correct the geo location of the WAN IPv6 address if it is not static.

Thanks for any help.

 

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Cynric
16: Advanced member
16: Advanced member

@Archie07 It's likely to be static as the idea with IPv6 is that all devices are unique and directly referenced. However VF has had some problems getting IPv6 working and there have been problems that were only resolved by turning IPv6 off.

Geo location is nearly always wrong. Search from some location providing/testing websites and be amazed just how wrong the locations are.

Ripshod
16: Advanced member
16: Advanced member

It's dynamic. Write down your WAN IPv6 the reboot the router - you'll see it changes. Applies to all your connected devices too. 

Cynric
16: Advanced member
16: Advanced member

@Ripshod Thanks. I had a foggy memory from when the v6 standard was being defined that the original idea was that the address was to be static. There is some interesting discussion here; https://superuser.com/questions/1479327/why-is-ipv6-still-dynamic 

Nerdy geek stuff here; https://www.packetmania.net/en/2022/03/13/IPv6-Addressing/ 

 

Ripshod
16: Advanced member
16: Advanced member

Yeah, the original idea was for static IPs but that was soon left on the bench. I'm undecided whether static or dynamic is better for security, though after years of using IPv6 I'm tending towards dynamic.

By the way: Like you I run my own Asus router but I've been plugging the vodafone router back in weekly for half an hour to see if IPv6 gets activated. It happened a few weeks ago and I must say I've had zero issues with it so far. Try it out. It'll work with the 'Native' setting on your Asus once it's active.