UNH IOL confirms IPv6 readiness for more home network routers

As more service providers make the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 addressing, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) reports that it is seeing more vendors ready their home customer edge (CE) network routers for IPv6.

UNH IOL interoperability lab

UNH-IOL's interoperability lab

During the third IPv6 CE Router Interoperability Test Event held in November, eight service providers and CE router vendors tested IPv6 readiness of their products in either home or small office networking environments. Taking part in the event were a number of well known CE vendors including Actiontec, Broadcom, Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), D-Link, Lantiq, Motorola Mobility in addition to cable operator Time Warner (NYSE: TWC).

But since the move to IPv6 will be done on a migratory basis over the course of several years, the test event verified the support of transitional elements including 6rd, which is used to maintain connectivity for subscribers when networks are not dual-stack (both IPv4 and IPv6).

Complementing the event, the UNH-IOL also published its "IPv6 CE Router Interoperability Whitepaper," written by Timothy Winters, senior manager for the UNH-IOL. The white paper provides an overview of the test event, outlines the test methodologies used during the event, analyzes test results and offers an outlook on future testing efforts required for widespread deployment of IPv6 at the customer edge.

For more:
- see the release
- and this white paper (PDF)

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