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Why I’m Feelin’ Good About Chicago and The Cable Show

By Mark Palazzo, VP/GM, Cisco’s Cable Access business

As industry vendors, we go into every tradeshow mired in details. From the packed meeting schedules to the booth demos (things go much better when they work…!) to the evening events with customers and industry colleagues, it’s far less glamorous than our non-convention-going friends might think. Right? Then there’s struggle to get the suitcase zipped, with the new tonnage of stuff needing transit back to the office.

It’s only afterwards, with a weekend in between to parse the major themes, that the answers come. I’ve checked in with several Cisco colleagues who were on-site in Chicago for The Cable Show last week. We’re in agreement that if the question is “I saw the whole thing! What happened??” in terms of this year’s blur of a Cable Show, our short list goes like this:

  1. Optimism reigns in cable. In years past, and especially last year, it seemed that a miasma of anxiousness blanketed the cable industry, led by fears of over-the-top video providers – and especially Netflix, as a contender for the industry’s own video-on-demand business. This year, we went into the show fresh with knowledge that Netflix traffic continues to gobble up broadband capacity — yet the sense of optimism amongst service providers was unmistakable. To me, it almost felt like the buoyant good will of the go-go-franchise years, in the late ‘70s. With continued evidence that DOCSIS can see the industry through even the heaviest of bandwidth-heavy times, coupled with significant advancements in both “cloud” and “client” – it’s gratifying, as a vendor company focused nearly entirely on network, client, and cloud! Read More »

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Linksys E4200 Wireless Router Supports IPv6

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:

  1. Endpoint devices (e.g., PCs, phones, tablets, etc.)
  2. A v6 broadband access network
  3. A v6 Internet (including websites with content)
  4. 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: 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. 

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Addressing the Service Provider Transition to IPv6: The Changed Landscape (Part 1 of 4)

IPv6 has been top of mind lately, with World IPv6 Day on June 8th that provided a global-scale test flight of IPv6 technology for the purpose of testing and data collection. Cisco also recently announced that French service provider SFR is using our Carrier Grade v6 solution to offer IPv6 services to their residential customers, while still preserving their existing infrastructure investments.

Many people still have questions on the issues and options associated with making the evolution to IPv6. Below, in part one of a four part series, Cisco’s Kelly Ahuja, SVP Service Provider Chief Architecture Office and ACG Research’s Managing Partner Dr. Ray Mota discuss the changed landscape which network operators face that is driving the adoption of IPv6 technology. Ray does make an interesting comment about 2011 being the year of the tablets – and not just for consumer use, but also for business applications. Another point that Ray makes with which we agree is the need for network operators make a near term plan which extends or preserves the use of existing IPv4 assets, and a longer term plan which can migrate services to IPv6 – seamlessly – when needed.

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News@Cisco Week in Review and Look Ahead: June 6-10

Happy Friday! Read more about the top news stories of the week that includes a feature on World IPv6 Day, an announcement on the Cisco ASR 9000, a demo of Cisco’s new data center and a couple news announcements about WebEx!

1.) World IPv6 Day Will Test the Readiness for Change

On June 8th or World IPv6 Day, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) went live for a day on the public Internet. How did IPv6 testing go? Get an update here from InfoSecurity!

2.) Cisco Announces Major Advancements to the Cisco ASR 9000 Series

The Cisco ASR 9000 series just got better with age! On Tuesay, Cisco announced major advancements that will set new industry benchmarks and dramatically increase capabilities at the edge of the next-generation Internet and transform the broadband communication and entertainment industries! Read more here!

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France is Famous for Fine Wine, Cheese, and Now – IPv6

eiffel towerRenowned for their forte in traditional and cultural delicacies that date back more than 6,000 years, the French have developed quite a classy reputation. Fine dining, wine and cheese are, of course, the most obvious of their specialties, and now they have a new specialty to add to that list – IPv6.

France is among the leaders in the worldwide deployment of the Next-Generation IPv6 Internet Their research and efforts date back 15 years and have played an important role in our understanding of IPv6. A recent study by Google has revealed that France is responsible for more than half of current IPv6 traffic worldwide. Three service providers are leading the IPv6 deployments – France Telecom Group’s Orange, Free and now with this joint announcement, SFR.

SFR announced today that it has selected Cisco’s Carrier-Grade Internet Protocol Version 6 (CGv6) Solution as a first step in transitioning its network infrastructure to IPv6. SFR, the second-largest telecommunications operator in France, has deployed the Cisco ASR 1000 Series router, enabling IPv6 access to the Internet for its business subscribers and 4.6 million residential customers.

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