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Is my connection end-to-end, ready for IPv6?

When speaking and consulting around North America, I am often asked the question, how do I know whether I am running IPv6?

This is actually a complex question, and the test you need will depend on your purpose. The simplest test will try the routability of your packet to a test website with the result of providing your current unicast IPv6 address. Websites that fit this model include:

Note: If you are unable to obtain a simple IPv6 address, ensure the following:

  1. Does your operating system support IPv6?
  2. Is IPv6 enabled on your system?
  3. Does the host have a firewall which is blocking IPv6?
  4. Does your switch support IPv6?
  5. Is your router capable of supporting IPv6? Is it configured for IPv6?
  6. Is your firewall capable of supporting IPv6? Is it configured for IPv6?
  7. Is your ISP capable of supporting IPv6? Have they configured your network connection?

* details on how to do the above steps will be explored in a future posting

The second level not only validates the routability, but also validates the DNS, traceroute, and a few other features. These include:

The last and most complete tests are found on sites I use to troubleshot and tune customer’s networks and include the following:

If you find others, please post them under comments.

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