Valvesoftware != IPv6

valveYou all know Valve right? With their digital distribution platform called Steam and Game developer for games like Half-life2, Portal, TeamFortress 2, Left 4 Dead and many many more.
I mailed their one of their developers Alfred Reynolds to see if Valve had any plans to be IPv6 compatible.


Here is their short and clear awnser:

Hey Jasper, we have no firm IPV6 plans at this time.


Guess the Valve on the IPv6 pipe is closed.

Tiscom Hosting enables IPv6

The company i work for (Tiscom Hosting) is one of the largest webhosters in the netherlands. Since last week we have been enabling IPv6 for our shared hosting webservers. This week we have been busy to make sure our other services like webmail, mail, mx-servers and DNS services are also running dualstack.


Below you can see how our IPv6 Traffic has increased since we made the service available for our customers:


tiscom-uplink-weekly


As you can see traffic went up a lot. And we already see that its still increasing.


So.. when will YOUR website be IPv6 enabled?

RIPE NCC Accepts Provider Independent (PI) IPv6 Assignments Proposal

ripe-nccIt has taken some time, but today RIPE NCC announced that within a month it will be possible to request IPv6 PI space!

Source: http://www.ripe.net/ripe/maillists/archives/policy-announce/2009/msg00012.html

This has been much requested by people who do want their own piece of IPv6 space, but dont want to be LIR member or get it from a 3rd party.

Dear Colleagues,

Consensus has been reached, and the proposal described
in 2006-01, "Provider Independent (PI) IPv6 Assignments
for End User Organisations" has been accepted by the
RIPE community.

The related RIPE policy document is now updated,
published and can be found at:

   http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ripe-466.html
   or
   http://www.ripe.net/ripe/docs/ipv6-policies.html

The proposal is now archived and can be found at:

    http://www.ripe.net/ripe/policies/proposals/2006-01.html

The RIPE NCC will implement this new policy within one month.

Thank you for your input.

Regards

Filiz Yilmaz
Policy Development Officer
RIPE NCC

Good work by the NCC community to get this proposal accepted.

HP Color Laserjet 2025n and IPv6

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Today i had the pleasure to unpack our brand spanking new Color Laserprint from HP.

I knew when i ordered it that it would have IPv6 support. After i connected it and started it up i noticed it allready had gotten an IPv6 address from the RA in our network. Below are some screens from the web interface:

hp color laserjet 2025n IPv6 Configuration hp color laserjet 2025n IPv6 Configuration hp color laserjet 2025n IPv6 Advanced

After that i tried to get it setup up in my ubuntu 9.04. But no matter what i tried it would only work over IPv4. I think cups is to blame here. Allthough i cant confirm this yet.

After rebooting to Windows 7 beta and adding the printer i didnt see if it used IPv6 or IPv4, so i gave it a big file to print and did a netstat. And guess what! You guessed it righ! it used IPv6 to make sure my pages got printed. Oh man those printed pages never looked better ;-)

Dlink Dir-615 and IPv6

dlink-dir-615

Last week i had the opportunity to test an Dlink Dir-615, hoping that it would be Rev C with IPv6 Support.

The Dir-615 is an wireless N router that can also be changed to accesspoint.

After the unpack party i unfortunatly discovered it was an European version rev D. And that would mean i had no IPv6 goodies to play with.

So after connecting it i was proven right, there were no additional IPv6 settings to be found and to make matters even worse, in Accesspoint mode it didnt even let my IPv6 traffic go trough.

I have contacted Dlink and they said that it was a know bug and a firmware update would fix it but that they had no idea when it would be released.

I also asked them about the advanced IPv6 settings which weren’t available in this revision. They told me that there will be a firmware update for that as well. But as with the bugfix firmware, they had no release date.

I’ll take Dlink up for a rematch soon to see what they have planned for their products related to IPv6.

Cable and IPv6

Did you know that the new cable modems that support DOCSIS 3 (Data over Cable System Interface Specification)  also have support for IPv6?

Cable operators are forced not by application demand, but by address exhaustion to deploy IPv6, thats why the new DOCSIS supports the next generation of IP.

DOCSIS 3.0 features management over IPv6 and channel bonding, which enables multiple downstream and upstream channels to be used together at the same time by a single subscriber.

The new ‘DOCSIS 2.0 + IPv6’ standard also supports IPv6, which may on the cable modem side only require a firmware upgrade.

This means that also the older modems can be upgraded for IPv6 connectivity.

The final question ofcourse is: When?

In the next couple weeks we will be contacting ISP’s worldwide to ask them what their thoughts about, and planning for IPv6 are.