Through months of preparation, several largest web players in the known web will turn on their IPV6 networks around 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time or 5 p.m. pacific time today. They will feed large portions of data of their web services through IPv6 networks to test and see how the new web protocol will hold up, because IPv6 has never been tested and launched in a major way before. I figure more than enough people may experience IPv6 disruption as they cannot surf to their favorite websites such as Yahoo.
I don’t think the problems will be the faults of these gigantic web services (i.e., Yahoo, Google, Facebook, etc…), but the problems are the faults of the web visitors. Old routers and weird computer configuration (i.e., network customization) may prevent them from surfing to major IPv6 web destinations. Nonetheless, this is only one day test, I think. It should not be a big deal for short time being, but it’s really a big deal as more companies are going to turn on their IPv6 networks or abandon IPv4 altogether in the long run.
Just to be honest, I can be totally wrong since major web services are going to go dual stack. Dual stack means companies will implement both IPv4 and IPv6 at the same time, and so people should be able to visit these major web services in anyway. Well, at least I might be wrong in the short term, but everyone knows that applying dual stack isn’t cheap. Probably more headaches than necessary when huge companies have to implement dual stack, I think. Anyhow, today is the day to see how IPv6 will play out in large scale.
Usually, if you don’t mess around with your Windows 7’s network setting much, then IPv6 should be enabled by default. Now, if you had IPv6 disabled sometimes ago, then you should reenable it. How to do that? Go to Control Panel >> Network and Internet >> Network and Sharing Center, and then right click on your network adapter, choose Properties (i.e., if my memory serves me well), and then make sure a check mark is inside the box next to Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6). Click OK and you should be set.
If you still have a problem of making IPv6 works for you even though your computer has been enabled with IPv6, then you may want to scrutinize your router for issues. You can also call up your ISP to help you figure out your IPv6 problem. If your ISP is the one who had provided you the router in the first place, then you can always ask them to upgrade you to a newer router that can support IPv6. I don’t think a good ISP will charge you a fee for an up-to-date router, but I have been wrong before! Anyhow, good luck in playing with IPv6 today! So, don’t forget to turn on your computer around the time of the launch of IPv6 and try to visit major websites such as Yahoo to test out your network’s IPv6 compatibility. Good luck!