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#272564 2-Jul-2020 10:43
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I've been tinkering with my home network for a while now trying to get everything to work as I intend; I've had a fair few IPv6 issues.

 

What are people's views on IPv6 for home networks in 2020. Is it worth the effort of trying to figure this out, or are there no real-world benefits right now and I'm better off sticking to IPv4?


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  #2516033 2-Jul-2020 11:07
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I think you've answered the question yourself..

 

What benefits would you see with having IPv6 internally in your home?

 

 


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  #2516095 2-Jul-2020 11:38
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Does your provider offer/use IPv6?


 
 
 
 


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  #2516096 2-Jul-2020 11:45
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Do you have that many devices at home you need IPv6 ? ;) I know sometimes it feels like it....

 

(Obviously more things to it but that being the prime thing everyone knows)

 

 





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  #2516099 2-Jul-2020 11:51
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Windows runs dual stack - IPv4 and IPv6 - it works for me.

 

I have mixed IPv4 and IPv6 devices on my network

 

 





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  #2516293 2-Jul-2020 16:17
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Cheers.

 

Follow up query to further demonstrate my ignorance. My router picks up an IPv6 address from my ISP (Voyager). I can switch this off. Is there any point in allowing the router to pick up an IPv6 address if IPv6 isn't used by the rest of the network?


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  #2516309 2-Jul-2020 16:49
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Browsers will most likely use dual IPv4/IPv6.

 

Some international web sites perform better with IPv4 and others with IPv6.

 

I would leave your router as dual.





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  #2516313 2-Jul-2020 16:56
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mdf:

 

Follow up query to further demonstrate my ignorance. My router picks up an IPv6 address from my ISP (Voyager). I can switch this off. Is there any point in allowing the router to pick up an IPv6 address if IPv6 isn't used by the rest of the network?

 

 

There is no harm in doing this. The router will be able to use IPv6 when communicating with the outside world but the rest of the network wouldn't benefit from it.

 

You haven't given any details of the problems you are having, but if your router is setup to request an IPv6 subnet from Voyager and make it available over the network via Router Advertisement (stateless auto-configuration), then there should be nothing more for you to do.


 
 
 
 


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  #2516353 2-Jul-2020 18:02
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There will come a point (if we are not already there) where IPv6 becomes the predominant addressing scheme by traffic and over time IPv4 will very much move towards being the "legacy" scheme. Perhaps like "phone lines" have over time shifted to broadband lines which also offer legacy phone.

 

If you plan on being IT literate into the future its worth knowing about it.





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  #2516411 2-Jul-2020 19:40
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I ran a dual-stack setup for a while on a couple of VLANs (mostly for learning purposes) but I eventually got sick of "surprising" routing with IPv6.


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  #2516430 2-Jul-2020 19:55
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My daughter is on 2degrees VDSL and has ended up on CGNAT.

 

But she also has an IPv6 address and I can use that to access her network - currently to an NTP server and shortly to an FTP backup server.

 

 

 

However, as others have mentioned, not all of her LAN is IPv6 capable, but enough for me.


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  #2517195 4-Jul-2020 14:12
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Not sure how much effort is required to run IPv6 on a local network...? Turn it on and forget about it.

 

 

 

While there are few practical benefits right now, I'd ask you to leave it on as there will be tremendous benefits to all internet users when it reaches critical mass, such as true P2P video calls with no NAT punching BS, easy P2P video games, etc.


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