In fact, you’re more likely to have IPv6 headaches if you rely on hosting and manage your own server. Host UKFast’s Neil Lathwood told me that while managed clients will have the work done for them, others will have assistance available on a consultation basis. 1&1 plans to have plenty of FAQs available to help – but it may still be a daunting task for some site owners.
If you’re planning to buy hosting, I’d advise you to check it’s IPv6 ready. For example, the Plesk 9 control panel doesn’t allow you to add AAAA records to the DNS, so even if you have IPv6 services elsewhere, if you rely on Plesk for setting up DNS, you’ll be stuck.
Are you ready?
Gamers are often at the forefront of PC technology, and they could help push IPv6 adoption. World of Warcraft, for example, is already IPv6 capable, though not yet running with it. This could become increasingly important, as the remaining IPv4 addresses are used up, forcing ISPs to use NAT techniques, rather than giving each customer a public IP address.
That will make it hard to use some games, as well as services like Skype or remote NAS access, and leave customers relying on the public address they receive via IPv6 for such applications, unless they’re willing to pay extra for an increasingly scarce public IPv4 address.
According ISP AAISP’s Adrian Kennard, we could see this starting to happen in the next year or so, depending on how many addresses ISPs have in reserve – and if your ISP doesn’t tell you, the first you may know is when some things stop working because of the address translation.
World IPv6 Day is a trial, to allow the companies involved to see what problems there are with providing their content via IPv6. For consumers, the key thing determining when you’ll see IPv6 is going to be the availability of those broadband routers, finally allow it to be deployed to non-technical customers.
That, hopefully, will start to happen over the next few months. And that’s when the fun will really begin. ®
Lack of broadband modems
I have been looking to do this for some time. Internally my machines run IPv6, my machines out in the Internet also do, my ISP will (it was a major part of the reason for me changing ISP), but I can't find a sensibly priced ADSL modem that will do it. The best suggestion that I have received is to put OpenWRT on a Buffalo router ... some maybe time when I have a day or so to spare.
Until the hardware manufacturers step up to the plate - this won't happen. This ought not be an option, it should be a standard part of every new modem. However that would probably add 30p to the price, so it won't happen until customers scream for it, which won't happen until there is lots of content only reachable by IPv6, which won't happen until there are lots of potential customers who are able to access it over IPv6, which won't happen until ....
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Your computer might...
...but your router and ISP almost certainly doesn't.
You're unfortunately correct. BT can't be arsed to provide IPv6 for their leased line customers, meanwhile I've signed up to AAISP (already knew about them before this article) and get native IPv6 on my home ADSL connection.
Office - Cisco 3825 (c. £3000) - £1079 pcm - no IPv6
Home - Linksys WRT54g (6 years old, £10 ebay value) - £20 pcm - native IPv6
Something tells me BT have to pull the finger out, but guaranteed they won't bother until the last moment where they'll provide a shit service until they iron out the bugs, and charge their customers a premium to recoup they costs due to their short-term savings.
I've had to flash the WRT54g with OpenWRT, but it performs perfectly as a dual stack router. Unfortunately there don't appear to be any dual stack ADSL Wireless routers available anywhere, so it will be just us geeks for the next while.
I do take slight offence to the "very sad" part though, what's wrong with building up a decent working knowledge of technology that I *will* have to support in the future?