EdgeOS IPv6 on Single WAN / IPv4 LB FO Working Config

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2021-06-01 08:41

From my article here: https://community.ui.com/questions/IPv6-on-Single-WAN-IPv4-LB-FO-Working-Config/2ed8f836-e02e-4b65-aba1-8a0ebff1e16c

I have residential Spectrum service with native IPv6 via DHCPv6-PD via eth0 and AT&T via eth1 which I only care to use for IPv4. After a lot of trial and error, I came up with the following config and transition script. When a transition is detected it runs a simple script which does several things:

  • Checks eth0 Spectrum connectivity by pinging Google DNS 10 times. If it's up we do the following:
  • Resets local traffic by disabling/enabling lb-local-metric-change(This is the only way I could ever get UNMS and local DNS to communicate using the primary WAN after a failback event without a reboot, there's a post somewhere in here of mine that talks more about this)
  • On a failback to Spectrum event the IPv6 address is again released, we kill dhcp6c and then renew. 
  • Reset Conntrack to get all clients on the right circuit.

On a failover to AT&T event, the Spectrum IPv6 address is released and I kill the dhcp6c daemon for good measure, which is the "else" condition of this script.

For whatever reason, I could NOT get IPv6 to start back up correctly without killing dhcp6c before a renew. I tried and tried, but this is the only configuration that works all the time without reboots in between. IPv6 would typically work for a minute or two and then stop.

Net result: In the event Spectrum dies, AT&T takes over and I lose IPv6, but my computers don't have bad IPv6 addresses they are trying to route to. On a failback event, traffic moves back over to Spectrum and we get our IPv6 connectivity back. 

So there it is. I read elsewhere that "not a good idea' or "not possible"... but with a little creativity you can certainly have it both ways.

You'll want to add the following configuration entry to your load balancing configuration, to call a script on transition.

set load-balance group G transition-script /config/scripts/transition

Use vi to create /config/scripts/transition and mark it executable with chmod /config/scripts/transition +x

if sudo ping -c 10 -I eth0 &> /dev/null
echo Reset Local and UNMS Traffic
$run begin
echo Disable LB
$run set load-balance group G lb-local-metric-change disable
$run commit sleep 5
echo Enable LB
$run set load-balance group G lb-local-metric-change enable
$run commit
$run end
echo Spectrum Up, Renew DHCPV6
$op release dhcpv6-pd interface eth0 sudo killall -9 dhcp6c
$op renew dhcpv6-pd interface eth0
echo Spectrum Outage, Pulling DHCPV6
$op release dhcpv6-pd interface eth0 sudo killall -9 dhcp6c
echo Flush Conntrack sudo conntrack -F
exit 0

Linked here is a video of this in action. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_hpMCMDTN5-W5nRZeqU8FOfjIJ2a4DX2/view

Started with normal conditions - both circuits operational. Spectrum primary, AT&T failover.

Left window, IPv6 ping to Google.com
Right window IPv4 ping to Google DNS @

0:10 reset cable modem, forcing loss of Internet on the primary and only IPv6 circuit
0:23 cable connectivity lost
0:49 IPv4 traffic moves to AT&T circuit
1:09 IPv6 connectivity pulled via transition script, shutting down IPv6 connectivity/RA.
4:13 cable connectivity restored, IPv4 traffic starts flowing to Spectrum (note the response time change from 22ms to 10ish)
4:17 IPv6 connectivity restored via transition script.

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