ARIN's fee for a /24 is $250

That's about 1/15th of the price of a /24 on the market.

Of course, they don't have any /24s.

Unless, of course, you're deploying IPv6 and just need the /24 for your NAT64 box, DS-Lite AFTR, or MAP-T BR.


PS: Let me know if you're considering this; I'll help.

On 03/13/2018 01:19 PM, Justin Wilson wrote:
On the consulting side, I do smaller than /24 blocks to customers over tunnels. 
 So far this is the only option we have found that works for the smaller ISP. 
We all know the routing table is bloated. We all know everyone *should* be 
moving toward IPV6.  A whole different discussion.  But, for now you have a 
subset of operators that are big enough to do BGP, maybe join an exchange, but 
not big enough to afford buying v4 space for each of their customers.  So they 
are utilizing a full /24 just to utilize it.  Things such as doing 1:many nat 
at each tower, doing Carrier Grade nat, and other things make it where they 
don’t necessarily need an IP per customer.  We all know that is ideal, but it’s 
not practical for the small to medium ISP.   Folks have brought up the argument 
that buying IPS is just the cost of doing business these days.  I argue that it 
isn’t.  I see networks with 2000 users and only a /24 running along very happy.

I agree that the global routing table is pretty bloated as is.  But what kind 
of a solution for providers who need to participate in BGP but only need a /25? 
I can’t see going below that.

Justin Wilson

On Mar 13, 2018, at 10:56 AM, Naslund, Steve <> wrote:

Yes, exactly right.  You would probably have to tunnel the /27 back to where the >/24 
lives.  That's the only way I can see of it working "anywhere".  That's a 
technically valid solution but maybe not so hot if you are looking for high 
redundancy/availability since you are dependent on the tunnel being up and working.

As always the reputation of the aggregate is going to be critical as to how well this 
works for you.  It seems to me that increasingly these "portable" blocks have 
murky histories as spam and malware sources.  I would rather have a block assigned by a 
reputable upstream provider than to do this.

Steven Naslund
Chicago IL

Le 2018-01-04 20:16, Job Snijders a écrit :
On Thu, 4 Jan 2018 at 20:13, Filip Hruska <> wrote:

I have stumbled upon this site [1] which seems to offer /27 IPv4
They also claim "All of our IPv4 address space can be used on any
network in any location."

I thought that the smallest prefix size one could get routed
globally is /24?


So how does this work?
Probably with GRE, IPIP or OpenVPN tunnels.

Kind regards,

IPv4 /24 is commonly the minimal chunk advertised to (and accepted by)
neighbors. If I run a global (or regional) network, I may advertise this
/24 -- or rather an aggregate covering it -- over my diverse
interconnection with neighbors, your /27 being part of the chunk and
routed to you internally (if you're va customer)-- no need for
encapsulation efforts. Similar scenario may be multi-upstream, subject
to acceptance of "punching holes in aggregates"... Am I missing
something? What's the trigger for doing tunneling here?

Happy New Year '18, by the way !


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