The stupidity of trying to "fix" DHCPv6

Iljitsch van Beijnum iljitsch at
Sun Jun 12 18:12:02 UTC 2011

On 12 jun 2011, at 15:45, Leo Bicknell wrote:

>> Like I said before, that would pollute the network with many multicasts which can seriously degrade wifi performance.

> Huh?  This is no worse than IPv4 where a host comes up and sends a
> subnet-broadcast to get DHCP.

The IPv4 host does this once and gets its lease. If there is no DHCPv6 server then DHCPv6 clients would keep broadcasting forever. Not a good thing.

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