IPv6 switch: Is your equipment ready?

Summary:Some firms say software and hardware compatibility is preventing their move to IPv6, a claim Ripe's IPv6 Working Group co-chairman Marco Hogewoning investigates

...to identify those CPEs that are suitable for mass deployment. We like the hacks with custom software patches but that would probably make the list endless.

The matrix below lists the features and various models of CPE on which we have information. The status fields can have five different values.

  • Unknown — no colour Neither the vendor nor the community can confirm the feature is present.
  • No — grey Vendor or testing confirms the feature is not supported.
  • Claimed by vendor — orange The vendor has confirmed the feature is present. However, we haven't heard any reports from the community confirming whether it actually works and we haven't been able to test it ourselves.
  • Broken — grey Feedback from the community or test results indicate the feature is there but not working.
  • Buggy — light blue Feedback from the community or test results indicate the feature is showing irregular behaviour or is not working as expected.
  • Confirmed — yellow Based on community feedback and testing we can confirm the feature is there and working as expected.
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Ripe's IPv6 CPE survey. Credit: Ripe NCC

This is an ongoing project, and we are seeking feedback from the Ripe community and as many vendors as possible. We have tried our best to keep the information up to date, but for the latest information you should always consult the documentation provided by the equipment manufacturer.

Most of the software products listed here are under development and are actively being worked on. Check the manufacturer's website to verify you are using the latest version available.

Marco Hogewoning is the co-chairman of the Ripe IPv6 Working Group. The Ripe NCC is the regional internet registry for Europe, Middle East and parts of Central Asia, and supports the infrastructure of the Internet in these region

Topics: Networking

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