IPv6 implementation - what to do?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by jeffspc88mx, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. jeffspc88mx macrumors newbie

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    My ISP has not indicated that it's implemented IPv6, but I was wondering: Is there something I need to do to be IPv6 ready? Should I just wait until my ISP says "go", or can I make some adjustments now so that I'll be up and running when my ISP gets there?

    I'm just running my small home network here, nothing fancy. What are y'all doing about this?
     
  2. zaphoyd macrumors regular

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    For the most part you just need to wait. About all you can do now is make sure your home router supports v6 (only the very newest ones do) apples airport base stations have had fairly good support for awhile.

    You can test whether your network is ready by signing up for an ipv6 tunnel from someone like hurricane electric (tunnelbroker.net). I use this with a dual band ap extreme to provide v6 addresses to all the machines on my home network until my isp gets it's act together. They also have a free dns service that supports v6 records as well that helps with the longer, unrememberable addresses.
     
  3. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    IPv6 is in a developmental shambles, and I think you can safely ignore it for now. The last IP number available might be anywhere from 2012 to 2035, and I will be the latter. Why? I know of many institutions (like me) who are sitting on two or more Class C's and don't even use them, and large corporations IP pool is at LEAST 2 years. You will have plenty of warning, and besides, trying to chase concepts is a time-wasting affair. There are more important things to worry about, eh?
    Peace.
     
  4. zaphoyd macrumors regular

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    For american home networks perhaps. While it may be the case that lucky large american institutions have plenty of ips squirreled away there are many other groups that are not so lucky. Tmobile has committed to ipv6 only data phones (v4 hosts will be served through nat64) next year. Verizon's LTE network (launching this year) mandates v6 device support and will only provide temporary v4 addresses on an as needed basis. If your business at all caters to the mobile crowd (or likely the Asian/foreign crowd as well) ignoring v6 until 2035 may not be an option.
     

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