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IPv6 and IP-based Security

While the last of the old IPv4 addresses are being used up, the physical migration to IPv6 is a slow one. How does this affect IP CCTV?

Right now it doesn’t. Many IP camera models already support IPv6. Models from Axis, Panasonic, Sony, and Vivotek, to name a few, have supported IPv6 for some time and can be used in IPv4 networks and IPv6 networks, future-proofing security systems. All other IP camera manufacturers are building IPv6-compatible products for release soon, so as far as IP security is concerned, there is no cause for alarm.

Having said that, choosing an IP camera or IP-based security system requires an informed choice where IPv6 is concerned. Does it affect your planned strategy for security? That depends on how you plan – or if you plan at all – to incorporate IPv6 into your network. The IPv6 transition will take some years to happen and there’s plenty of time to put in place hardware migrations that can occur as and when hardware needs to be replaced.

Wednesday 8th June was World IPv6 day. Despite this marketing effort and trial by the Internet’s big boys, including Google, Facebook and Yahoo!, among others, IPv6 seems to be gaining little traction overall. This will change when the use of IPv6 becomes a necessity. Whether you opt for IPv4 only, IPv6 only or a combination of both depends on how you plan to roll out your IPv6 migration and how quickly you plan to do it. It’s a decision that will need to be made on a case-by-case basis, and one that will gain greater prominence in the next few years.

Published on June 27th, 2011 by Kevin Bowyer

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