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Andrews & Arnold - affordable IPv6 router just around the corner

Andrews & Arnold (AAISP) has always been at the coal face of broadband, and is leading the charge towards ensuring IPv6 does not get ignored. The free Billion 7800N they provide with new connections is IPv6 capable, but costs the company around £120 to retail.

It appears though that the price of IPv6 capable routers is dropping, with Adrian Kennard hinting that they are close to sourcing a new IPv6 capable router, that is reasonably priced, but still comes with the goodies like DSL and Ethernet WAN ports.

IPv4 is set to run out of available address space in the next year or two, with a system of trading likely to arise for IP address blocks; our guide to IPv6 explains more on the new addressing system.

The cost of the consumer hardware has been a stumbling block to date, thus if capable hardware does start to appear on the market, broadband users will be able to buy hardware in the knowledge that it will not be redundant in two years time or without spending excessive amounts on money.


Isn't the Technicolor TG582n IPv6 ready? Says it is on the BB stuff website:

  • trojan_D
  • over 9 years ago

Not sure why UK ISPs don't just flash cheap router-modems with an IPv6-enabled build of OpenWRT or similar. Many of the boxes already run an old version of it anyway!

IIRC xs4all in the Netherlands do this, as OEM support for the retail units is so poor
that it's actually easier for the ISP to support the devices themselves.

  • Northwind
  • over 9 years ago

The Technicolor is IPv4 only according to AAISP:

It will have v6 from early 2012.

@Northwind: Perhaps this would have been good previously, but it seems that v6 support is imminently become available from some bigger device manufacturers such as Technicolor (née Thomson, née Alcatel)

  • john
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

Give me a billion any day, over one of those and likes of netgear will no doubt start supporting ipv6 too

  • tommy45
  • over 9 years ago

Last week I bought a Billion 7800N from Amazon for £120. this week it's £110. Ho-hum...

  • John_Gray
  • over 9 years ago

One of the major stumbling block to widespread adoption of IIPv6 is the lack of simple instructions on how to set it up.

  • ukwiz
  • over 9 years ago

AAISP's info about the Technicolor is not exactly right -- there is software for it, but I'm not sure if it's G.A. There is a Technicolor employee involved in a couple of IPv6 online venues.

More IPv6-capable modems (at least in N.A) can be found here:

  • frnkblk
  • over 9 years ago

Let me correct myself before someone else does: it's the Technicolor TG789vn that's IPv6 capable. AAISP's site lists the TG582n, which is IPv4-only.

  • frnkblk
  • over 9 years ago

I've been using a FritzBox on my BE connection for a year or two now and that is IPv6 capable

  • Mr_Fluffy
  • over 9 years ago

If you are using an adsl modem then AAISP's firebrick 2700 will handle IPv6 right now

  • davidreddington
  • over 9 years ago

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