Ebox IPv6, PPPoE, Fibre and OpenWRT
Back in 2014, I wrote about DHCPv6 on Teksavvy. Recently we moved to Ebox, which resells the gigabit FTTH service from its now-parent company, Bell. They do provide a router (Nokia Beacon 6), but IPv6 support is very limited. And I prefer OpenWRT.
You can use the Nokia Wifi mobile app or the router’s web interface to login and find your Ebox PPPoE login/password. Note that in the settings, it should also display, under “advanced settings”, the VLAN ID, which should be 40 (different VLAN IDs are used for the phone and TV service).
In OpenWRT, you can use the web interface (LUCI), but the switch settings are a bit confusing, for tagging the ports. I had never used VLAN tagging in OpenWRT before, so I was really confused. Random advice on the Internet was not very clear.
Here is what worked for me:
So the less obvious bits, for me, was that the wan device is
eth1.40, where 40 is the VLAN ID, but also, in the switch settings at the bottom, we have to specify which ports are tagged by appending
t. The switch settings will depend on your router. I left the default config from my router, and just added ’t'. I had to safe-boot/reset my router more than a few times, from incorrect trial and error.
In the above setup,
eth0 is my LAN port, and
eth1 is my WAN port. Again, I basically kept the default OpenWRT configuration.
network.wan.ipv6 setting, the documentation says:
- 0: disable IPv6 on the interface
- 1: enable IPCP6 negotiation on the interface, but nothing else. If successful, the parent interface will be assigned a link-local address (prefix fe80::/10). The interface must then be configured manually, as described below.
- auto (default): enable IPv6 on the interface. Spawn a virtual interface
wan_6(note the underscore) and start DHCPv6 client odhcp6c to manage prefix assignment. Ensure the lan interface has option ip6assign 64 (or a larger prefix size) set to redistribute the received prefix downstream.
This wasn’t really clear to me at first. So if using
ipv6 = 1, then you also need to declare a
wan6 interface config manually. If using
ipv6 = auto, then a
wan_6 interface config will be created automatically. Since I don’t need special IPv6 configurations, the default works fine, my configuration above uses
auto and no need for an explicit
wan6 configuration. If
ipv6 = auto is used, and a
wan6 interface is created manually, it’s not a big deal, but the odhcp6c daemon will run twice (because we end up with two ipv6 interfaces:
I’m still trying to understand how to assign the entire
/56. Currently this assigns a random subnet to
br-lan, which is really annoying because I have other subnets at home with VMs and servers (with Teksavvy,
ip6assign 56 worked, but it does not seem to work with Ebox).
When things don’t work it’s really difficult to get clear logs. OpenWRT has the
logread -f command, which can be useful to run in another terminal, to have live error logs, but the odhcp6c command is not particularly verbose.
So there were two odhcp6c daemons running because I had declared a
wan6 interface initially, but it’s not necessary because of
ipv6 = auto.
Running it manually with verbose/errors:
Author Mathieu Lu