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IPv6 is on the marketers radar

On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Fred Baker <fred at cisco.com> wrote:
> On Feb 11, 2011, at 12:21 PM, Franck Martin wrote:
>> http://www.marketingvox.com/under-the-microscope-what-the-end-of-ipv4-means-for-marketers-048657/
>> I can hear people, say oh no....
>> Interesting to see that marketers do not like CGNAT.
> They missed an important point.
>> Who Will Be Impacted: For more consumers, there will be negligible impact. "The ISPs will be handling much of this,? said Leo Vegoda, a researcher with ICANN. (via TechNewsWorld). Some technology users may experience some glitches, such as people using VPN software to connect with their offices or users of point-to-point software such as Skype, he adds.
> Anyone that uses a residential router (Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc) is likely to need to upgrade that, most likely by buying a new one. Set-top boxes are generally IPv4; anyone with a TV is likely to need to upgrade at least the software. Skype is not yet IPv6-capable, and will need one an update. "The ISPs will take care of this" is a really empty hope. The ISPs will take care of their part, but users should expect that there will be things jiggling over the coming couple of years.

NetGear is apparently stepping up to the plate on the IPv6 CPE support
-- their WNDRxxxx series have stubs for IPv6 config in place now.
Granted, time and testing will reveal exactly how well (or poorly)
implemented the support is...

I was pleasantly surprised to discover this while providing "Family
Tech Support" last weekend:
(See second list, #1)
#  A New Firmware Version is Found. Do You Want to Upgrade to the New
Version Now?
#  Current Firmware Version: V1.0.4.68NA
#  New Firmware Version: V1.0.7.98NA
#  Current GUI Language Version: V1.0.0.41
#  New GUI Language Version: V1.0.0.64
#  1.Fixed "can't get IP from 3700 DHCP server".
#  2.Fixed "Some applications have disconnection issue in every 5~10
minutes like Google talk, Battlefield, Starcraft, mIRC, AIM, ooVoo,
#  3.Fixed "Web page loading slow".
#  4.Fixed "DHCP reservation issue, change IP address of one device in
the reservation table and the device is changed to new IP, but the
attached device list still displays old IP".
#  1.IPv6 certified.
#  2.DLNA certified.
#  3.Remove WEP and TKIP from "Up to 135Mbps" and "Up to 300M

It will certainly be entertaining to see what behaviors the various
CPEs default to on the public-facing side.  In the NetGear WNDR3700's
case after upgrading its firmware, options were included for:
  Disabled (default)
  6to4 Tunnel
  Pass Through

At least that gives the various broadband providers flexibility in
tailoring their tech.support processes.  (You know -- "click here,
click there," etc.)