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    Moving to IPv6

    There is an interesting article on CNET News about the coming transition to IPv6. It seems that the last batch of IPv4 addresses were handed out by the central Net authorities in Florida on February 3.

    Check out the details here on CNET News.
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    Question What is the solution for IPv6?

    I read the same article and another on PCworld. What I am wondering is: What needs to be changed when the big day comes? My home system consists of: 1-DSL modem supplied by ISP (AT&T); 2- Vonage modem; 3- a wireless D-link (DIR-655) 4- a Windows 7 computer. Does AT&T do it at their office or will one or all have to be changed/upgraded? Also what about a device connecting with a cell phone modem like an iPad or other tablet?

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/22141...nl_dnx_h_crawl

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    At some point, your ISP will most likely have to change out any hardware they supply to your home, such as DSL or Cable modems. Unless you have a router that supports IPv6 (I have read that D-Link and Netgear do offer consumer routers with IPv6 support, but Linksys will not until later this spring), if you own your own router, there will come a time to buy a new router. I would hope that more recent routers can be IPv6 compatible with firmware updates, but I do not know if that is the case.
    In any case I would not be too concerned until more information is known.

    There will be some growing pains when the transition comes, and as usual, extra expenses an ISP incurs will ultimately be passed to their customers. I do not know about the handheld devices that currently use IPv4, which includes the iPad 3G and 4G equipped models, but most recent operating systems are IPv6 ready (as is Windows 7, Vista, and OS X). An iPad WiFi equipped model should behave like any other computer on a home network.
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    Question Follow up question

    If the ISP changes the DSL modem would it matter to the Wireless router that is "downstream? or do both need IPv6 capability? In other words, Which one "Owns" the IP address, The Modem, Router, or Computer ? Or do all three need to speak IPv6?
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    My thinking is all hardware would need to be IPv6 compliant, but we are in waters about which I am not very well informed. Maybe another Lounger can better address the matter.

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    Thanks For all your help. I will follow this thread to see what answers come forth. This is an area where we all must educate ourselves. Maybe a member of the newsletter staff will post an column in the future.

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    Thumbs up IPv6 on home routers and DSL/cable modems: FAIL

    There are way too many links in this story to display.I've had clicked on most of them.I hope you find this with the information that you seek;http://www.networkworld.com/news/201...e-routers.html
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    Chowur's link to Network World is most helpful. The article gives a reasoned and fair analysis of the IPV6 CPE situation as of late 1Q 2011. It will be interesting to track this and see how it changes over the coming 9 - 12 months. I'd certainly like to be able to move to IPv6 gigabit networking for internal (SOHO) use, and for linking to the Internet.

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    My Netgear WNDR3700 just received a firmware update that implemented IPv6. It also has gigabit LAN, as do my computer and cable modem.

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    The URL it self describes it self;http://test-ipv6.com/ I hope this help's the curiosity.
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