New firmware (Ver.1.0.02) for the Linksys E4200 now provides support for IPv6. IPv6 is the next generation Internet protocol.
Cisco as an organization is committed to supporting the transition to IPv6 in all its products and services it provides to service providers, enterprise and consumer customers. IPv6 is foundational to the next generation Internet enabling a range of new services and improved user experiences.
As ISPs begin rolling out IPv6 service to their customers, consumers will need new routers and gateways that support IPv6 to participate in this next generation Internet. Today, Cisco will begin enabling IPv6 across its consumer line of routers including the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router. It is critical that consumers begin looking for products and devices that support IPv6 or can be updated to IPv6. Cisco has been and will continue to be a leader in the development of IPv6 so consumers can feel confident that home networking products from Cisco will provide top line performance now as well as providing a foundation for the future.
Now is the time to formulate an IPv6 transition strategy for your home network. Cisco recommends a three phase transition strategy:
- Preserve your current investments in IPv4 as you transition over to IPv6 supported products.
- Prepare – Cisco Linksys home networking products provide native support for IPv6 as well as IPv4, ensuring your network is ready for the next generation of technologies.
- Prosper – Take advantage of the next generation Internet at home which includes new applications incorporating video, mobility, energy management and cloud services providing for a better home networking experience.
We are introducing native IPv6 capability into the high end home networking product first, verifying its functionality, proving its stability, and then planning to reuse the base code into the other select Linksys products. While many of the base IPv6 specifications have been available for years, the IETF published RFC 6204 which defines the basic requirements for an IPv6 home router as recently as April 2011. IP is one of the most important protocols to the Internet, and IPv6 is the biggest change in IP in over 30 years. We want to be careful that the implementations we ship work well and adhere to the latest standards so that we do not hinder the adoption of IPv6 by content providers and ISPs.
Simply because there is not a widely deployed end to end IPv6 network yet (even though there are regional deployments). There are four basic areas where IPv6 support is required for the home:
- Endpoint devices (e.g., PCs, phones, tablets, etc.)
- A v6 broadband access network
- A v6 Internet (including websites with content)
- Home routers
Without all four areas, IPv6 is likely not to be used. To date, endpoint devices represent the bulk of IPv6 deployment. Home routers and Internet are following quickly with IPv6 capability. Broadband access networks will be the last to mass deploy IPv6 services (even though there are significant IPv6 deployments from major service providers available now).
The latest firmware for the Linksys E4200 is now available for download at our website: http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/linksys/E4200 and then going to the Download tab and then select hardware version 1.
Also note we have added some additional features in this firmware release including:
- Support of USB printer connected to the router’s USB port, so that a user may send a print job to the printer via the local area network. ** This feature requires Cisco connect software v1.4 or later which is also available on the same download page as described above **
- Added support of Native IPv6 and 6rd tunnel Internet connections
- Added support of bridge mode
- Prevented devices on the guest network to access any private IP address
IPV6 support will be available in other Linksys E-Series in the coming months.