ITS has begun a project to enable IPv6 access on the Lafayette network. IPv6 is a new addressing standard used to identify computers and other devices on networks like Lafayette's, the Internet, and Internet2. The current standard, IPv4, is rapidly running out of available address space. Estimates indicate that IPv4 space will be exhausted within the next two years. Lafayette is working to stay ahead of the curve by deploying IPv6 today so we are fully prepared for tomorrow.
Currently, Lafayette's network has IPv6 connectivity to the rest of the Internet and Internet2, and we are working to route IPv6 to all of our upstream providers. The next step will be to enable IPv6 access for services like the college's main Web site. Additionally, we have created a pilot IPv6-enabled wireless network in Skillman Library. This will allow users to test connectivity from Lafayette's network to IPv6 resources locally, on the Internet, and on Internet2. The IPv6 pilot network can be accessed by associating to the SSID named ipv6-pilot. At this time NAC is not available for the pilot network, so testers must log in using their Network ID via a web-based authentication system.
Once connected to the IPv6 pilot network, users can access IPv6 resources on the Internet such as http://ipv6.google.com or http://ipv6.netflix.com, and find other IPv6 resources at http://www.sixxs.net. Users may verify they have connected to Lafayette's IPv6 network using http://whatismyip.lafayette.edu/.