Getting ipv6 using linksys e2000, dd-wrt, sixxs and a regular ipv4 internet connection

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Currently most providers do not yet support ipv6, the major new internet protocol. But there are way’s to get an static ipv6 prefix independent of the ipv4 internet connection. The steps involved to get this enabled are the following. Obviously the limited amount of risk of breaking your internet connection using this guide are for the reader.
Step 1. Install dd-wrt on a linksys e2000
While the linksys e2000 is not yet officially supported there is a version available that does work. Detailed instructions can be found at: With the term trailed build a build ending on e2000 is meant!
Step 2. Configure jffs
As the installed package does not contain all the software we need, jffs should be enabled. This can be done using the admin section in the webinterface. Simply select the proper radio button to enable, save and apply settings. A reboot will follow, which can take a considerate amount of time. Be patient as the jffs filesystem is initialized.
Step 3. Install additional software / modules
To enable proper ipv6 firewalling additional kernel modules are needed. In my case (using firmware DD-WRT v24-sp2 (08/12/10) std-usb-ftp – build 14929) I Could use the kernel packages mentioned in post: . Downloading the kernel modules to my regular computer and upload them using scp(!) to the linksys. Please be carefull to use scp, as sftp is not supported.
It is also needed to install the ipv6 firewall management package. This can be done by logging in on the router and issue the command: 

ipkg update && ipkg -force-depends install .

Other versions of ip6tables don’t seem to work as expected.
Step 4. Get an ipv6 tunnel with an tunnel broker.
In order to make an ipv6 connection without provider support a so called tunnel is used. This ipv6 tunnel needs an endpoint with an ipv6 provider. This guide assumes that the tunnel is requested bij sixxs ( Follow the website and signup there for an tunnel. Make sure that you select an ayiya type tunnel, as it wil work in almost any situation (and this guide uses this setting as wel).
Step 5. Configure the linksys router, part 1.
Now the fun part starts, bringing it all together en get an working ipv6 setup.
Create a file in /tmp/ with the name crontab and the following content:

* * * * * root /usr/sbin/ntpclient -s -h

obviously replace the nl prefix in the name with a prefix that is more suitable for your setup. This is needed to ensure that the linksys routers stays on time.
(Due to unkown reasons I also have a copy of this file located in the directory /jffs/etc)
Next create a file in /tmp/ with the name .rc_startup (watch the starting dot!) and the following content

insmod /jffs/lib/modules/
insmod /jffs/lib/modules/
insmod /jffs/lib/modules/
insmod /jffs/lib/modules/
insmod /jffs/lib/modules/

# AICCU doesn’t set up the tunnel properly but it will maintain the heartbeat for you
/usr/sbin/ntpclient -s -h
/jffs/usr/sbin/aiccu start /jffs/etc/aiccu.conf
# Start IPv6 forwarding on the router. Enable the 3 lines below once you have a subnet
#ip -6 addr add 2001:xxxx:1/64 dev br0 # replace xxxx with your subnet prefix!
#/bin/echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/all/forwarding
#radvd -C /tmp/radvd.conf
#set path variables
export IP6TABLES_LIB_DIR=/jffs/usr/lib/iptables
# Default rule DROP for all chains
ip6tables -P INPUT DROP
ip6tables -P OUTPUT DROP
ip6tables -P FORWARD DROP
# Prevent being a rh0 (routing header type 0) host (DROP before we could accept these buggy ones)
ip6tables -I INPUT -m rt –rt-type 0 -j DROP
ip6tables -I OUTPUT -m rt –rt-type 0 -j DROP
ip6tables -I FORWARD -m rt –rt-type 0 -j DROP
# Allow traffic on loopback interface
ip6tables -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A OUTPUT -o lo -j ACCEPT
# Allow traffic from local host to the IPv6-tunnel
ip6tables -A OUTPUT -o sixxs -s 2001::/16 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A INPUT -i sixxs -d 2001::/16 -m state –state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
# Allow traffic from local network to local host
ip6tables -A OUTPUT -o br0 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A INPUT -i br0 -j ACCEPT
# Allow traffic from local network to tunnel (IPv6 world)
ip6tables -A FORWARD -i br0 -s 2001::/16 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A FORWARD -i sixxs -d 2001::/16 -m state –state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
# Allow some special ICMPv6 packettypes, do this in an extra chain because we need it everywhere
ip6tables -N AllowICMPs
# Destination unreachable
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 1 -j ACCEPT
# Packet too big
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 2 -j ACCEPT
# Time exceeded
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 3 -j ACCEPT
# Parameter problem
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 4 -j ACCEPT
# Echo Request (protect against flood)
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 128 -m limit –limit 5/sec –limit-burst 10 -j ACCEPT
# Echo Reply
ip6tables -A AllowICMPs -p icmpv6 –icmpv6-type 129 -j ACCEPT
# Link in tables INPUT and FORWARD (in Output we allow everything anyway)
ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 -j AllowICMPs
ip6tables -A FORWARD -p icmpv6 -j AllowICMPs

This file, including the firewall configuration is generic enough to work with ipv6 connections that have a prefix starting with 2001. If your prefix is different, make adjustments at the location where 2001::/16 is mentioned.
We also need to configurate the aiccu client. This is done by creating a file in /jffs/etc/aiccu.conf with the following content (Obviously enter your details from the website)

# AICCU Configuration
# Login information
username password \# Protocol and server listed on your tunnel protocol ayiya server \# Interface names to use ipv6_interface sixxs \# The tunnel_id to use tunnel_id \# Be verbose? verbose true \# Daemonize? daemonize true \# Require TLS? requiretls true \# Set default route? defaultroute true

As the last action, go to the webinterface of the router, and select the admin tab. Here enable ipv6 support, but keep radvd disabled.
Save configuration and reboot the router.
Login after some time (5 minutes) on and check your tunnel latency. If some is registerd you do have completed the first part of getting ipv6 on your local netwerk.
If there is no latency mentioned you’l have to start debugging. 
  • Try to run the startup script by hand and check the output.
  • Does ntpclient work (time should be less than 120 seconds off).
  • Is aiccu running?
Step 5. Configure the linksys router, part 2.
After 2 weeks of running the tunnel sucessfully you should be able to get an subnet. This is importand as that will funally make it possible for every computer in your lan to use ipv6.
Go to the website and request a tunnel. Once approved login the webinterace of the router and visit the admin page.
Het enable radvd and past a confiruation like the one below (but with your subnet details at the location of the xxxx’s)

interface br0 {
AdvSendAdvert on;
AdvHomeAgentFlag on;
AdvLinkMTU 1480;
MinRtrAdvInterval 3;
MaxRtrAdvInterval 10;
prefix 2001:xxxx:xxxx::/64 {
AdvOnLink on;
AdvAutonomous on;
AdvRouterAddr on;

Save the configuration, but do not apply the changes.
In the file /tmp/.rc_startup now enable the lines where radvd is mentioned and enter your prefix at the location of the xxxx’s. This is needed to have an ip adress on the lan side.
Now reboot the router.
After the reboot ipv6 should be available for all lan devices. A simple check is to try to access website. It should mention in the top right corner that you are making an ipv6 connection.
Another option is to visit which should show a moving turtle in high-res.