January, 2011:

Two /8s allocated to APNIC from IANA (39/8 and 106/8)

Following these allocations an “end game” policy will now be triggered in which the final five /8s will be automatically distributed, one to each region, marking the end of IPv4 allocations to regional registries. Read the full announcement from APNIC below. We expect there will be a another announcement when the last /8s are allocated and we’ll pass it along.

UPDATE: Significant Announcement 3 February – Watch it live!

Dear Colleagues

The information in this announcement is to enable the Internet
community to update network configurations, such as routing filters,
where required.

APNIC received the following IPv4 address blocks from IANA in February
2011 and will be making allocations from these ranges in the near


Reachability and routability testing of the new prefixes will commence
soon. The daily report will be published at the usual URL:


Please be aware, this will be the final allocation made by IANA under
the current framework and will trigger the final distribution of five
/8 blocks, one to each RIR under the agreed “Global policy for the
allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space”.


After these final allocations, each RIR will continue to make
allocations according to their own established policies.

APNIC expects normal allocations to continue for a further three to six
months. After this time, APNIC will continue to make small allocations
from the last /8 block, guided by section 9.10 in “Policies for IPv4
address space management in the Asia Pacific region”. This policy
ensures that IPv4 address space is available for IPv6 transition.


It is expected that these allocations will continue for at least
another five years.

APNIC reiterates that IPv6 is the only means available for the
sustained ongoing growth of the Internet, and urges all members of the
Internet industry to move quickly towards its deployment.

Kind regards,


APNIC Secretariat secretariat@apnic.net
Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) Tel: +61 7 3858 3100
PO Box 3646 South Brisbane, QLD 4101 Australia Fax: +61 7 3858 3199
6 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD http://www.apnic.net

Have you thought about your IPv6 plans? Roller Network offers a full suite of IPv6 enabled services with 100% native transit, from internet access to hosting or colocation and everything between.

Forum Registrations Disabled

Due to a large wave of spam account registrations on our forums over the last few weeks we have been forced to disable new user registrations. Sorting through large numbers of spam accounts to delete them is simply not a productive use of our time.

If you would like a forum account please contact technical support and we can create one for you. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Our First Residential IPv6

We set up our first IPv6 native residential end user today. Although Roller Network has offered IPv6 services for some time now, it is not a high demand item for end users. If you happen to be in Reno, NV (or Sparks, NV and possibly Carson City, NV) and we can reach you and you want native IPv6, contact us.

The installation was over fixed wireless with a MikroTik RB750 (running 5.0b7 firmware) at the customer site. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are available natively (dual stack).

Generator Test Run: UPS View

Just over a month ago we posted a video of our generator and transfer switch running through the self test process. These two videos show what happens in the UPS room when the transfer switch does its thing. But what happens with the UPS? The first video shows the corresponding UPS actions when the transfer switch moves from utility to generator.

The UPS will go to battery briefly as the transfer (although we don’t see any effect in the room lights) is enough to be momentarily out of tolerance. This is good: the transfer switch will reconnect under minimal load, extending its life and reducing the risk of a contact becoming fused. The generator test runs for an hour, so after that hour is up the transfer switch moves back to utility power from generator. This second video shows the actions of the UPS during the second half of this process.

As you can see, we perform a true test of our emergency power systems with confidence in its operation since a utility outage is identical to our test procedure. During a real utility outage the only major difference is that the UPS would run on battery from 10 to 20 seconds longer while the generator goes through its self start procedures before a transfer.

IPv6 Glue Records

Our request to the registry for IPv6 glue records for the following name servers has been completed:

ns1-auth.rollernet.us    2607:fe70:0:3::c
ns2-auth.rollernet.us    2607:fe70:0:4::c
ns1.rollernet.us         2607:fe70:0:3::b
ns2.rollernet.us         2607:fe70:0:4::b
ns1-i.rollernet.us       2607:fe70:0:3::10
ns2-i.rollernet.us       2607:fe70:0:4::10