Feeds

Get your network ready for World IPv6 Day

Survey the lie of the LAN

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Hands On Today is World IPv6 Day, so you might be wondering just how easy it is to run IPv6 on your own home network. The answer is that it’s surprisingly simple, and even if you can’t yet get IPv6 connectivity from your internet provider, it’s still possible to connect your PC – or indeed your whole network – to the IPv6 internet.

World IPv6 Day

To do that, you use an tunnel, essentially encapsulating IPv6 traffic over your existing net connection, a little like the way you’d set up a VPN connection to the office. However, instead of connecting your computer to the secure LAN at work, what you’re doing is connecting it to a remote system that has connectivity via IPv6.

Any traffic from your computer, or other systems on your network, that’s using IPv6 gets sent down the tunnel, emerging at the other end, allowing you to connect to other sites that also run IPv6.

To be honest, right now this is something of a geek’s game - there isn't really anything you’ll need to connect to that isn’t also available through the current IPv4 protocol, and though there are some sites that use IPv6 – and many will be testing it today – there’s also going to be increased latency when you’re connecting through a tunnel, rather than directly.

But the technology’s there, it’s simpler than you think to set it up, so why the heck not?

Want the low-down on IPv6? Check out Reg Hardware's WTF is... IPv6

The essential guide to IT transformation

Next page: Getting started

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.