New Linksys CPE, IPv6 ?

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Thu Apr 1 08:49:05 CDT 2010


> On Mar 31, 2010, at 1:53 PM, Michael Holstein wrote:
> > 
> >> I checked the documentation for two models (Linux model and highest-end non-Linux model), and there's no mention of IPv6.
> >> 
> > 
> > If this is a strictly "hardware" discussion, v6 "works" on a variety of
> > models, albeit not with stock firmware.
> > To wit : http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/IPv6
> > 
> > This suggests that Cisco (et.al.) can release an "official" firmware
> > image to support v6 on existing devices whenever they're sufficiently
> > motivated to do so. I'd wager the only reason it hasn't been made GA is
> > to limit the number of "pass-the-buck" support calls that start at $isp
> > and get bounced back saying "we don't support that yet, call whoever
> > makes your router".
> 
> Not necessarily.  dd-wrt lacks the memory expense of the silly web
> interface that Linksys is oh so fond of implementing in their consumer
> grade boxen. I suspect that adding features to the Linksys code may
> be a bit tighter on image and data space than dd-wrt's "stripped down"
> efficiency.

For cheap access points, we run OpenWRT on something like a 32M/8M
WRT54G-TM, and there's never been a problem with memory, even after
adding somewhat piggy (for embedded) stuff like ntpd.  Of course, the
normal platforms are a bit more cramped.

It's apparently very easy to add IPv6 to OpenWRT, and you can opt to
include or exclude things like a web interface.  It's fairly competent
and can support things like multi-SSID.  Good place to start if you're
used to a UNIX shell environment and Linux.  

Anyways, the point is, a lot of the heavy lifting has already been done
to make multiple IPv6 firmwares for many of these devices.

... JG
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