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Various IPv6 questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by majinbuu, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. majinbuu

    majinbuu Corporal


    I am running a home network with 4 XP PCs using IPv4 and 1 Vista laptop which as most of you know natively supports IPv6. I have a few questions I hope you guys can clear up.

    Firstly - Should I disable IPv6 on the Vista machine since I don't think it is being used for anything. Does it pose a security risk leaving it on or will the built in firewall protect it. If it should be disabled, how do I go about it.

    Second - Does anyone know of a good online resource about IPv6 that is easy for a beginner to the new address system to understand. I would like to read up on it before getting anymore vista systems running.

    If you guys can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. chaimjm

    chaimjm Staff Sergeant

  3. majinbuu

    majinbuu Corporal

    Thanks for the quick response.

    In addition to the above sites, I have found some others I will look at:


    However for the time being, is it safe to keep IPv6 active on the Vista PC or should I disable it until I know more about it? I would buy a book on the subject however being on a disability pension makes that impossible. So any more online tutorials on the subject would be great.
  4. majinbuu

    majinbuu Corporal

    Well, from what I have read keeping IPv6 active on a Vista PC is ok because the inbuilt firewall is IPv6 aware and so at least provides incoming protection. Also, random attacks from outside sources should be kept to a minimum due to a 128 bit long IP compared to 32 bit for IPv4. I don't use 3rd party firewalls due to three factors:
    1) Some aren't IPv6 aware
    2) Some are resource hogs
    3) and some are just plain annoying with constant prompts and so on.
    Also, doing away with NAT because of the huge amounts of addresses available should solve a lot of current networking woes. Eg Port forwarding and so on.

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