Personal Hotspot now supports IPv6

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by zorinlynx, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    Yes, I realize only the most devoted network geeks will care about this, but I had to post about it. :)

    I don't know what version of iOS this arrived in; I'm running 10.3 beta and I'm on AT&T. I know the feature arrived since iOS 10.0 because 10.0 did NOT support this.

    But yes, when I tether my laptop through my phone I now get IPv6 addresses on the laptop, and they work! I looked them up; they are unique addresses assigned to each tethered device within the same /64 prefix the phone itself is using.

    The only downside is these addresses are firewalled for incoming connections; I was unable to SSH to my Macbook over the Internet from another IPv6 connected host.

    It is nice to see that Apple and AT&T are supporting modern network standards well, though.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    However majority ISP around the world still don't want to support IPv6 anyway.
     
  3. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

    zorinlynx

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    I know, this is why it's awesome that AT&T and Apple are supporting it with Personal Hotspot.

    So far the biggest ISPs in the US are supporting IPv6 fairly well. Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner all have it. A lot of the big services like Google, Facebook, and content distribution networks like Amazon AWS are also supporting it. IPv6 makes for a better performing, more efficient Internet.

    I hope your ISP gets it soon! :)
     
  4. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    Chiming in, rMPB tethered to a VZW iPad Air 2. I noticed IPv6 connectivity with B7 a couple of days ago setting up a VPN into an office network, and didn't have to battle over cellular to get in (for the first time).

    I tried out the IPv6 Test web portal and found the Air 2 and my VZW iP6+ are supported for connectivity, while my ATTWS iP6S (also on B7) is not. My biz partner tested out his Air 2 on 10.2.1 and it is not supported for IPv6 connectivity (yet?!).

    The message received on the ATTWS handset was that it's proxied (stream saver is off) and IPv6 is being blocked by the proxy; I'm in a pretty rural area for now, and I know the antennas are on microwave backhaul - by the time the network is improved a bit my project here will be done anyway…

    Nonetheless, here's to progress! Cheers!
     

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