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Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy 174

Julie188 writes "The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab held an IPv6 consumer electronics Plugfest on Feb. 14 and CableLabs has scheduled two more for this year. UNH is tight-lipped about the results, but the sad fact is that most home routers and DSL/cable modems certified as IPv6-compliant by the IPv6 Forum are so full of implementation bugs that they can't be used by ISPs for IPv6 field trials. And that's not helping the Internet have a smooth, fast transition to IPv6. Though OpenWRT and DD-WRT solve the problem, ISPs point out that requiring the average consumer to upgrade their own firmware, because the manufacturer can't do IPv6 right, isn't a practical solution."
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Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

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  • Looks familiar (Score:5, Interesting)

    by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Friday March 04, 2011 @08:04PM (#35385594)

    Okay, this may be a new article on the subject - but it's repeating exactly the same thing we've talked about ad nauseum before.

    Apple's routers are fine with regard to IPv6, and D-Link's routers are fine as well; it's just that, once again, the reporter says "most home routers" instead of using the brand name Cisco.

    Wait - is this actually a new article?

  • The exceptions (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Friday March 04, 2011 @08:11PM (#35385632)

    "With the exception of some products by D-Link and Apple's AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme, none of today's CPE can operate using IPv6 well enough for a field test trial, Bulk says."

    Which apparently makes Apple the only company to be ready for IPv6 across all of their current products.

  • by jmorris42 ( 1458 ) * <> on Friday March 04, 2011 @08:25PM (#35385718)

    OpenWrt makes you install the ipv6 packages yourself in the interest of keeping the base image small, after all almost nobody needs ipv6 currently. And I suspect Cisco/Linksys is right about the impact on the lower end of their range, even running OpenWrt. I'd have to see a Wrt54GL install the ipv6 packages and actually run under load to believe it. As for their current retail products running on half the ram? Not bloody likely. Me, I'm running a D-Link DIR-825 with 64MB of ram in it, I could probably load the OpenWRT ipv6 packages without a problem.... but AT&T has said word zero about support for IPv6 for residential DSL customers so I'm keeping the 1.3MB of remaining flash open for other stuff.

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