Manual:IPv6/DHCP Server

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Applies to RouterOS: v5.9+


Standards: RFC 3315, RFC 3633
Package: dhcp,ipv6

Starting from v5.9 DHCP-PD server is moved to /ipv6 sub menu

Single DUID is used for client and server identification, only IAID will vary between cients corresponding to their assigned interface.

Client binding creates dynamic pool with timeout set to binding's expiration time (note that now dynamic pools can have a timeout), which will be updated every time binding gets renewed.

When client is bound to prefix, DHCP server adds routing information to know how to reach assigned prefix.

Client bindings in server does not show MAC address anymore (as it was in v5.8), DUID (hex) and IAID are used instead. After upgrade MAC addresses will be converted to DUIDs automatically, but due to unknown DUID type and unknown IAID, they should be further updated by user;


Sub-menu: /ipv6 dhcp-server

This sub menu lists and allows to configure DHCP-PD servers.


Property Description
address-pool (enum | static-only; Default: static-only) IPv6 pool, from which to take IPv6 prefix for the clients.
authoritative (after-10sec-delay | after-2sec-delay | yes | no; Default: after-2sec-delay) Whether the DHCP server is the only one DHCP server for the network:
  • after-10sec-delay - to clients request for an address, dhcp server will wait 10 seconds and if there is another request from the client after this period of time, then dhcp server will offer the address to the client or will send DHCPNAK, if the requested address is not available from this server
  • after-2sec-delay - to clients request for an address, dhcp server will wait 2 seconds and if there is another request from the client after this period of time, then dhcp server will offer the address to the client or will send DHCPNAK, if the requested address is not available from this server
  • yes - to clients request for an address that is not available from this server, dhcp server will send negative acknowledgment (DHCPNAK)
  • no - dhcp server ignores clients requests for addresses that are not available from this server
binding-script (string; Default: ) Script that will be executed after binding is assigned or de-assigned. Internal "global" variables that can be used in the script:
  • bindingBound - set to "1" if bound, otherwise set to "0"
  • bindingServerName - dhcp server name
  • bindingDUID - DUID
  • bindingAddress - active address
  • bindingPrefix - active prefix
delay-threshold (time | none; Default: none) If secs field in DHCP packet is smaller than delay-threshold, then this packet is ignored. If set to none - there is no threshold (all DHCP packets are processed)
disabled (yes | no; Default: no) Whether DHCP-PD server participate in prefix assignment process.
interface (string; Default: ) Interface on which server will be running.
lease-time (time; Default: 3d) The time that a client may use the assigned address. The client will try to renew this address after a half of this time and will request a new address after time limit expires.
name (string; Default: ) Reference name

Read-only Properties

Property Description
dynamic (yes | no)
invalid (yes | no)


Sub-menu: /ipv6 dhcp-server binding

DUID is used only for dynamic bindings, so if it changes then client will receive different prefix than previously.

Property Description
address (IPv6 prefix; Default: ) IPv6 prefix that will be assigned to the client
allow-dual-stack-queue (yes | no; Default: yes) Creates a single simple queue entry for both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, uses the MAC address and DUID for identification. Requires IPv4 DHCP Server to have this option enabled as well to work properly.
comment (string; Default: ) Short description of an item.
disabled (yes | no; Default: no) Whether item is disabled
dhcp-option (string; Default: ) Add additional DHCP options from option list.
dhcp-option-set (string; Default: ) Add additional set of DHCP options.
life-time (time; Default: 3d) Time period after which binding expires/
duid (hex string; Default: ) DUID value. Should be specified only in hexadecimal format.
iaid (integer [0..4294967295]; Default: ) Identity Association Identifier, part of the Client ID.
prefix-pool (string; Default: ) Prefix pool that is being advertised to the DHCPv6 Client.
rate-limit (integer[/integer] [integer[/integer] [integer[/integer] [integer[/integer]]]]; Default: ) Adds a dynamic simple queue to limit IP's bandwidth to a specified rate. Requires the lease to be static. Format is: rx-rate[/tx-rate] [rx-burst-rate[/tx-burst-rate] [rx-burst-threshold[/tx-burst-threshold] [rx-burst-time[/tx-burst-time]]]]. All rates should be numbers with optional 'k' (1,000s) or 'M' (1,000,000s). If tx-rate is not specified, rx-rate is as tx-rate too. Same goes for tx-burst-rate and tx-burst-threshold and tx-burst-time. If both rx-burst-threshold and tx-burst-threshold are not specified (but burst-rate is specified), rx-rate and tx-rate is used as burst thresholds. If both rx-burst-time and tx-burst-time are not specified, 1s is used as default.
server (string | all; Default: all) Name of the server. If set to all, then binding applies to all created DHCP-PD servers.

Read-only properties

Property Description
dynamic (yes | no) Whether item is dynamically created.
expires-after (time) Time period after which binding expires.
last-seen (time) Time period since client was last seen.
status (waiting | offered | bound) Three status vales are possible:
  • waiting - Shown for static bindings if it is not used. For dynamic bindings this status is shown if it was used previously, server will wait 10 minutes to allow old client to get this binding, otherwise binding will be cleared and prefix willbe offered to other clients.
  • offered - if solicit message was received, and server responded with advertise message, but request was not received. During this state client have 2 minutes to get this binding, otherwise it is freed or changed status to waiting for static bindings.
  • bound - currently bound.

For example, dynamically assigned /62 prefix

[admin@RB493G] /ipv6 dhcp-server binding> print detail 
Flags: X - disabled, D - dynamic 
 0 D address=2a02:610:7501:ff00::/62 duid="1605fcb400241d1781f7" iaid=0 
     server=local-dhcp life-time=3d status=bound expires-after=2d23h40m10s 

 1 D address=2a02:610:7501:ff04::/62 duid="0019d1393535" iaid=2 
     server=local-dhcp life-time=3d status=bound expires-after=2d23h43m47s 

Menu specific commands

Property Description
make-static () Set dynamic binding as static.

Rate limiting

It is possible to set a bandwidth to a specific IPv6 address by using DHCPv6 bindings. This can be done by setting a rate limit on the DHCPv6 binding itself, by doing this a dynamic simple queue rule will be added for the IPv6 address that corresponds to the DHCPv6 binding. By using the rate-limit parameter you can conveniently limit a user's bandwidth.


Note: For any queues to work properly, the traffic must not be FastTracked, make sure your Firewall does not FastTrack traffic that you want to limit.

First, make the DHCPv6 binding static, otherwise it will not be possible to set a rate limit to a DHCPv6 binding:

[admin@MikroTik] > /ipv6 dhcp-server binding print 
Flags: X - disabled, D - dynamic 
 #   ADDRESS                                                                            DUID                                        SERVER                                        STATUS 
 0 D fdb4:4de7:a3f8:418c::/66                                                           0x6c3b6b7c413e                              DHCPv6_Server                                 bound

[admin@MikroTik] > /ipv6 dhcp-server binding make-static 0

[admin@MikroTik] > /ipv6 dhcp-server binding print
Flags: X - disabled, D - dynamic 
 #   ADDRESS                                                                            DUID                                        SERVER                                        STATUS 
 0   fdb4:4de7:a3f8:418c::/66                                                           0x6c3b6b7c413e                              DHCPv6_Server                                 bound  

Then you need can set a rate to a DHCPv6 binding that will create a new dynamic simple queue entry:

[admin@MikroTik] > /ipv6 dhcp-server binding set 0 rate-limit=10M/10

[admin@MikroTik] > /queue simple print     
Flags: X - disabled, I - invalid, D - dynamic 
 0  D name="dhcp<6c3b6b7c413e fdb4:4de7:a3f8:418c::/66>" target=fdb4:4de7:a3f8:418c::/66 parent=none packet-marks="" priority=8/8 queue=default-small/default-small limit-at=10M/10M max-limit=10M/10M burst-limit=0/0 burst-threshold=0/0 
      burst-time=0s/0s bucket-size=0.1/0.1 

Note: By default allow-dual-stack-queue is enabled, this will add a single dynamic simple queue entry for both DCHPv6 binding and DHCPv4 lease, without this option enabled separate dynamic simple queue entries will be added for IPv6 and IPv4.

Configuration Examples

Enabling IPv6 Prefix delegation

Lets consider that we already have running DHCP server.

To enable IPv6 prefix delegation, first we need to create address pool

/ipv6 pool add name=myPool prefix=2001:db8:7501::/60  prefix-length=62

Notice that prefix-length is 62 bits, it means that clients will receive /62 prefixes from the /60 pool.

Next step is to enable DHCP-PD.

/ipv6 dhcp-server add name=myServer address-pool=myPool interface=local

To test our server we will set up wide-dhcpv6 on ubuntu machine:

  • install wide-dhcpv6-client
  • edit "/etc/wide-dhcpv6/dhcp6c.conf" as above

Note: You can use also RouterOS as DHCP-PD client. Read more >>

interface eth2{
  send ia-pd 0;

id-assoc pd {
   prefix-interface eth3{
   sla-id 1;
   sla-len 2;

  • Run DHCP-PD client
sudo dhcp6c -d -D -f eth2
  • Verify that prefix was added to eth3
mrz@bumba:/media/aaa$ ip -6 addr
2: eth3: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qlen 1000
    inet6 2001:db8:7501:1:200:ff:fe00:0/64 scope global 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::224:1dff:fe17:81f7/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
  • You can make binding to specific client static, so that it always receives the same prefix
[admin@RB493G] /ipv6 dhcp-server binding> print 
Flags: X - disabled, D - dynamic 
 #   ADDRESS                                        DU       IAID SER.. STATUS 
 0 D 2001:db8:7501:1::/62                      16          0 loc.. bound 
[admin@RB493G] /ipv6 dhcp-server binding> make-static 0

  • DHCP-PD also installs route to assigned prefix into IPv6 routing table
[admin@RB493G] /ipv6 route> print 
Flags: X - disabled, A - active, D - dynamic, C - connect, S - static, r - rip, o - ospf, b - bgp, U - unreachable 
 #      DST-ADDRESS              GATEWAY                  DISTANCE
 2 ADS  2001:db8:7501:1::/62     fe80::224:1dff:fe17:8...        1

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