The Internet of Things revolution is happening -- one network operator, beach condo, and early-adopting grandfather at a time. 

IPv6 solves the scarcity of addresses and restores end-to-end transparency by eliminating the need for NAT. The only current shortcoming to IPv6 is how slowly it's being rolled out, but I see this changing. The latest World IPv6 Launch measurements published by the Internet Society (ISOC) show an increase in network operator deployment. For example, Comcast is currently at 28%, about 10 times its rate from a year ago.  As service providers bring IPv6 connectivity to the home, users need to make sure the appliances and other devices they buy are capable of using IPv6 as a transport.

Your service provider might not be supplying IPv6 yet, but it will soon. Make sure that shiny new connected device won't become a paperweight when IPv6 is brought to your house.

To help users make informed purchasing decisions, the IPv6 Forum has created a test program that allows users to see devices that can be deployed on an IPv6 network. This "IPv6 Ready Logo" program tests interoperability and conformance to the IPv6 standards. 

Only devices that have passed are listed on the site, so users can go directly to the IPv6 Ready Logo site or look on the device for the IPv6 Ready Logo sticker. The Forum recently launched the IPv6 Ready Logo for customer edge routers to help users select routers that will properly support IPv6 IETF Standards. 

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Source: InformationWeek (by Timothy Winters)

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