IPv6 switch: Is your equipment ready?

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

TOPICS: Networking

...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

Topic: Networking

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  • Are IPv4 addresses just about to run out, again? I think I first heard that the end was nigh for IPv4 at least 15 years ago, if not more. Every year there is one of those scare stories, and I'm not suggesting this in one of them so keep calm, pushed out to an eager technology media which informs us that the sky is falling. Is IPv6 Chicken Little or Henny Penny?
  • Whether or not IPv4 addresses will run out soon, I have noticed that it often seems to be companies that either sell network switches or who "kindly" offer their services in setting up your "sure-to-be-too-complex-for-you-to-do-it-yourself" network of new IPv6 gear who bleat on and on about IPv6 not being taken seriously enough, or indeed deployed soon enough.
    The truth is that the new protocol is actually much more auto-configurable than version 4, so even those of us who are utter simpletons, i.e. have only got a few years worth of further and higher education under our belts, will be able to buy a new IPv6 Internet router and plug it in. How hard can it be? Even my old computer with the current flavour of Ubuntu running is already IPv6 capable.
    No doubt there will be money to be made, especially from people who run fossilite Windows computers with no IPv6 compatible protocols installed, but even so, I still fail to see why the people in the "know" (or should I say people in the IPv6 hardware industry) big up this issue so much. The cynic in me already knows it's as much about making money from mugs in the public at large as was the Armageddon that year 2000 Millennium Bug was supposed to be and turned out to not be.
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