IPv6 hardware considerations
Posted on 2010-01-06
Considering and upcoming IPv4 to IPv6 transition, I'm concerned with IPv6 hardware compatibility on my current networking appliances.
I understand the corporate firewall routers will all need to be equipped with firmware that can handle IPv6 addressing. From there, what keywords should I consider for the following equipment:
Switches - what keywords indicate IPv6 compatibility for switches?
Networked Printers, or any ethernet card - will each ethernet card employed on the network need to be inspected for IPv6 compatibility? How much of this is card-based compatibility, and how much is OS-dependent?
WiFi - are certain WiFi networks IPv6 compliant as well? Simply stated as IPv6?
Applications - what are some examples of corporate applications that would need to be IPv6 compatible? We run an ASP.net-based web application, and I'm guessing this is one that will need inspection. From a network and systems admin perspective, what should I consider?
Home Offices - I'm sure we will need to go standard on IPv6 routers for our home users. What about the modems that are offered by their Internet provider? Again, do I need to ensure any switch or printer is IPv6 compatibile?
Further considertions: We plan to change all domain controllers to Server 2008 R2, then begin to upgrade all network hardware to rollout Direct Access. I have overviewed Direct Access rollout considerations, so this discussion is simply hardware-based (besides the network applications question).
Thanks for your help, it is much appreciated -