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Re: [opensuse] Moving to IPv6
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 21:43:49 -0400
  • Message-id: <4C883BD5.8040700@xxxxxxxxxx>
Per Jessen wrote:
IPv6 is simply a better and faster network protocol, it solves a
> variety of problems [mobility, multicast, routing-table bloat, NAT].

For the end-user, it solves ... let me see ... uh, nothing.:-(

One feature that users might appreciate is mobility. For example, I have a Nexus One smart phone. It can get it's internet access via 3G connection to my cell phone carrier, but if it's within range of a WiFi network that it's configured for, it will switch to that. So, if I'm doing something, such as voice over IP, while walking up to my home, I'll be going through my cell carrier. However, as soon as I'm within range of my home WiFi, the phone will switch connections and kill my VoIP call. With IPv6 mobility, that won't happen. Also, the day is not far off, when people might want to access appliances or home computers from elsewhere. It's easier with an IPv6 address than using a VPN and worrying about whether NAT address ranges will clash. I experienced that one, while staying at a hotel that used the same address range as I did at home. IPv6 also will result in faster routing, so they might notice that too.

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