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As the communications industry transitions to wireless, wireline converged networks to support voice, video, data and mobile services over IP networks, a solid understanding of IP and its role in networking is essential. IP is to data transfer as a dial tone is to a wireline telephone. A fundamental knowledge of IPv4 and IPv6 networking along with use of IP for QoS is a must for all telecom professionals. IPv6 was defined in 1998 but saw little adoption for over a decade. With continued IPv4 address depletion and the migration to wireless VoIP in LTE networks, the time for widespread adoption has finally arrived. This course begins with a look at the motivation for migrating to IPv6 and some of the benefits. The IPv6 header and addressing concepts are explained next. The 128 bit address necessitates changes to many of the supporting protocols for IP and those are discussed next. The course concludes with a look at the various approaches to migrating from IPv4 to IPv6 and how these are deployed in LTE networks.

This course is intended for technical personnel with a grounding in IPv4 networks who are seeking an technical overview of IPv6 and related protocols.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
■ Describe why the migration to IPv6 is finally happening
■ List the key benefits of IPv6
■ Explain key fields in the IPv6 header
■ Discuss how IPv6 addresses are formatted and how they are assigned
■ Explain how the basic IP supporting protocols are enhanced to support IPV6
■ Describe how automatic routing for IPv6 networks is enabled by BGP and OSPF
■ Discuss how dual stack devices help ease the transition from IPv4 to IPv6
■ Understand the differences between configured and automatic tunnels for IPv6 transition

1. Motivation and Benefits
1.1 IPv4 address depletion
1.2 Limitations of NAT
1.3 Benefits of IPv6

2. IPv6 Header and Addresses
2.1 Header format
2.2 Address format
2.3 Address notation
2.4 Types of addresses
2.5 Address assignment

3. Supporting Protocols
3.1 ICMP
3.2 DNS
3.3 DHCP
3.4 OSPF
3.5 BGP

4. Transition to IPv6
4.1 The transition problem
4.2 Dual stack
4.3 Configured tunneling
4.4 Automatic tunneling
4.5 IPv6 in LTE


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