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Tools to Test and Verify IPv6 Setup (2018)

IPv6 adoption curve, 2018

Worldwide IPv6 Deployment, 2018

IPv6 Growth: Still Going Strong

Understanding the distinguishing characteristics of IPv6 and related security and deployment challenges allows organizations to oversee more successful migrations. IPv6 was designed to accommodate the ever-increasing demands for IP addresses, which, due to their binary nature, remain a finite resource. As a result, one of the fundamental differences between IPv4 and IPv6 is address capacity. The newest version of the Internet Protocol supports more than 340 undecillion addresses, representing a marked improvement from IPv4’s capacity of approximately 4.3 billion addresses.

Are you using IPv6 yet? If not, there’s never been a better time to make sure you aren’t missing out (heck – you might even be using it without realizing it!). As of January 2018, Google’s statistics show IPv6 usage at 23 percent, more than double where it was in 2016.

Some folks may be running IPv6 but not realizing it. How do you test it? Here are a number of resources to help you test and understand what IP you are using as well as a number of other helpful tools.

IPv6 Testing and Verification Tools

Test IPv6

To see if you’re device is using IPv6 to connect to the internet, this website will check your browser on your device(s)

IPv6 Validator

Website IPv6 accessibility validator: This site will check a URL and see what IPv6 tests is passes.

MxToolbox IPv6 DNS Lookup

DNS record checking: For IPv6 to be supported, it needs DNS to be configured, here’s how you can check it.

MxToolbox Email Check

Email MX record check: IPv6 doesn’t just affect websites, email too – check to see if your email server(s) are setup with IPv6 records.

Getting Your Website Ready for IPv6

According to ARIN, here are eight ways to get your website ready for IPv6.

1. Add an IPv6 address to your web server
2. Add an AAAA record for your website
3. Add an AAAA record for your bare domain<
4. Ensure your DNS servers have IPv6 addresses
5. Add IPv6 glue for your nameservers, if necessary
6. Add IPv6 addresses for your incoming mail servers
7. Add reverse DNS for your mail servers’ IPv6 address
8. Check your SPF records

Get all of the details from ARIN. This resource also provides more technical details on how to remedy the suggested ideas above.

Questions? Concerns? You can contact us at 6connect to speak directly with an engineer. If you are looking to automate and scale your provisioning, we’ve got your back.

Email: info@6connect.com or call +1 (650) 646-2206.