The stupidity of trying to "fix" DHCPv6

Leo Bicknell bicknell at
Mon Jun 13 01:29:18 UTC 2011

In a message written on Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 08:12:02PM +0200, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
> 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.

DHCP today uses an exponential backoff if there is no response, I don't
see why that can't be kept in IPv6.  Plus I wonder how long users would
keep on machines that get no useable network connectivity.  

I really think the number of broadcast packets is a total non-issue.

       Leo Bicknell - bicknell at - CCIE 3440
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