IPv6 Addressing

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Does Viasat have support for full IPv6?
Is there a moden/router available for that purpose?
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Jack Hewitt

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Posted 1 year ago

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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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Not again.. The answer is no at this time and there is no projection when they will.
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Jack Hewitt

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Thank you very much it is what I was seeing but I just wanted to make sure.
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Diana, Viasat Employee

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Thank you VeteranSatUser.   Jack, no we are not supporting IPv6 at this time.   
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Roy Willis

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Will it ever ?
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Hard to say.  With the current hardware and infrastructure, no.  With Viasat 3 and beyond, who knows?  But that is 2 or so years out.
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Jason Chappell

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Which is why you should never expect satellite to support the latest standards. With a significant portion of their infrastructure in space, it would be impractical for them to upgrade infrastructure equipment to support IPv6, because they did not have the foresight to base their entire IP stack on software/firmware, with the actual hardware not caring. If they did, they would just be able to push a firmware update to the Sats. Instead, they would have to either launch entirely new Sats, or launch technicians who could retrofit new hardware onto the old Sats, to introduce IPv6 support. Both those options are hilariously impractical to do, at least until they run completely out of IPv4, and have literally no other option than to at least launch new Sats with IPv6 support if they hope to be able to add any more customers.

A terrestrial ISP on the other hand simply has to install new equipment at their equipment bunkers, head-ends, and last-mile facilities, on land, to achieve IPv6 support. Which is exactly why, even though in the late 90s Satellite Internet was cutting edge, there was no way it would be for long. You can't launch things into space, and expect to keep up with standards as rapidly as solutions that don't have to be launched.