Test Your Computer, Internet Connection For iPv6 Connectivity, Support

World IPv6 Day [Official Website] is coming soon at that day most of the websites like facebook.com google.com and yahoo.com etc will be are participating in World IPv6 Day, a global effort to help modernize the routing layer of the Internet. If you can’t access Facebook or the other participating sites, it most likely means you’re not ready for IPv6.

Just in case if you want to make sure in advance that your computer and your internet connection support IPv6 you can run a IPv6 compatibility test on whether your computer support IPv6 and whether your internet connection ISP is ready for it.

To find out whether the operating system and your computer supports IPv6, go to this page here or here the test summary will be like as shown in the image below.

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Generally, Most modern operating systems have support for IPv6, however not all Internet providers (the company that provides your Internet connection) support it as yet. Infact, in the UK, there are still only a handful of broadband providers who do. If your provider doesn’t, you can still use IPv6 by using a tunnel over IPv4. SixXS and Hurricane Electric are two free tunnel broker options. If you use Windows Vista or Windows XP and are behind a NAT router, you may need to use a Teredo Tunnel to connect. 

You can also test the IPv6 connectivity on a windows computer using the ping command, follow the procedure below.

To test IPv6 connectivity by using the ping command

  1. To obtain the IPv6 configuration for a computer, open Command Prompt, and then type netsh interface ipv6 show interfaceInterfaceName, where InterfaceName is the name of an interface on your computer. For example, if you have an interface named Local Area Connection, type:
    netsh interface ipv6 show interface "Local Area Connection"
    If IPv6 is not installed, see Related Topics.
  2. Use one of the following commands to ping another IPv6 node:
    • To ping the link-local address of another node on your link (also known as a subnet):
      ping Address%ZoneID
      where Address is the link-local address of the other node and ZoneID is typically the interface index for the interface from which you want to send ping packets. You can obtain the interface index from the display of the netsh interface ipv6 show interface command.
      If the ping command fails, verify the link-local address of the other node and the zone ID.
    • To ping the site-local address of another node:
      ping Address%ZoneID
      where Address is the site-local address of the other node and ZoneID is the site identifier (Zone ID for Site) from the display of the netsh interface ipv6 show interface level=verbose command. If you are not using site identifiers or have only a single site, the %ZoneID portion of the command is not required.
      If the ping command fails, verify the site-local address of the other node and the zone ID.
    • To ping the global address of another node:
      ping Address
      where Address is the global address of the other node.
      If the ping command fails, verify the global address of the other node.
    • To ping another node by name:
      ping -6Name
      where Name is a name that can be resolved to an IPv6 address through entries in the local hosts file, or through AAAA resource records that are present in your Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure. When you identify the target host by name rather than IPv6 address, it is necessary to include the -6 parameter to ensure that IPv6 addresses are used.
      If the ping command fails, verify that the name can be resolved to an IPv6 address.

or if the above procedure sounds tedious to you, then you can directly go to the google test page for IPv6 where it tells you, whether you will be able browse websites that support IPv6 as shown in the snapshot below, when we tested our machine for IPv6 connectivity.

google ipv6 test

Related: Read our guide on How To Access Facebook.com, Google.com & Other Websites On World IPv6 Day When They Are Unreachable here

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