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    IPv6

    This is a discussion on IPv6 within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Are existing Sky routers able to implement IPv6 ? If not, will it be essential to get a new router ...

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      IPv6

      Are existing Sky routers able to implement IPv6?

      If not, will it be essential to get a new router for better security?

      I understand that it's the ISP's responsibility to see that customers have IPv6 ready routers. Is this the case, please?


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      Re: IPv6

      There's no greater security using IPv6 than IPv4 - IPv6 isn't even in use yet (bar a few applications)

      So long as you have a decent Wi-Fi password setup you'll be fine
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      Re: IPv6

      IPv6 isn't so much about security, as it is about the number of IP addresses that need to be available.

      There has been some discussion that IPv6 will be tested later this year by several sites, including Google for example.

      There is also a large conference being organised entitled IPv6 2011: The Time Is Now!. There are various other conferences happening from April as well.

      There has also been some discussion that IPv6 could be rolled out in October this year and IPv4 dropped for the purposes of the Internet.

      If this were the case, then all router manufacturers will have to issue updates for their router firmware nearer the time if they are not already compatible. Sky perform updates to all their routers periodically already, so this will not be too new.

      M$ have already included updates for Win XP & later so that they can work with IPv6. I presume that this will be the case for Apple Macs, Linux and other OSes.

      Note: For anyone reading this who doesn't know what IPv6 is about, please take a look at this link or this one or look at wikipedia. There are plenty of other places that discuss the issues involved, much of it can become quite dry and meaningless to most consumers.

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      Re: IPv6

      I know that, I was just highlighting the fact that security isn't related to the IP range, which the OP was going on about
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      Re: IPv6

      No problem.

      Some applications do already support and use IPv6, alongside IPv4. Currently the addresses are converted to IPv4 once on the web, then back to IPv6 when back home.

      It would be nice to be able to roll out such a major change seamlessly, but I suspect that some individuals will have issues somewhere.

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      Re: IPv6

      This is the article I had been reading, which prompted my question:

      The Internet Is Full... Go Away

      Thanks for your replies.

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      Re: IPv6

      I liked this bit
      "The speed, reliability, and consistency of the Internet will improve under IPv6 thanks to changes in the way data packets are formed and routed. Also, lollipops will grow on trees, and it will be sunny every day -- all because of IPv6."


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      Re: IPv6

      I saw an article last month regarding the allocation of numbers. The estimate then was for a couple more years at best, I guess that someone panicked & bought the rest.

      The prediction was for IPv6 to be rolled out fully in October of this year.

      I suspect that most routers are already IPv6 enabled as the testing time, etc. would be getting too short now for all the different models to be fixed in time.

      As the data they are receiving is IPv4, they probably haven't had the options enabled for it.

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      Re: IPv6

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      ...and it will be sunny every day...
      Oh but it is! Just keep your head above the clouds.

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      Re: IPv6

      All the v4 addresses have gone according to this article -
      Internet Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

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