Connecting to IPv6 ...for Mac OS X by kjy79128

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									                             Connecting to IPv6
                                                           ...for Mac OS X


Connecting to IPv6 with Mac OS X                                       4. On the DNS tab, click the plus (+) button below the list
                                                                       of DNS servers
Note: The following instructions require administrator or equiva-
lent privileges on the computer that is being configured for IPv6.     5. Type the address of your DNS server into the field pro-
The following instructions cover both Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)            vided:
and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). The older Mac OS X versions                  e.g., “2001:0DB8:C000:D000::3”
10.2 and 10.3 also include IPv6 support, and the process for
setting them up is similar to that for 10.4.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

   1. Go to System Preferences, and open Network

   2. Select the relevant network connection and click
   Advanced

   3. On the TCP/IP tab, make sure that the drop down box
   next to Configure IPv6: is set to Automatically




                                                                       6. Click the OK button

                                                                       7. Click the Apply button
                                                                     IPv6 support will now be enabled.

                                                                     Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

                                                                       1. Go to System Preferences, and open Network

                                                                       2. Select the relevant network connection and click
                                                                       Configure

                                                                       3. On the TCP/IP tab, click the button labelled Configure
                                                                       IPv6…

                                                                       4. Make sure that the drop down box next to Configure
                                                                       IPv6: is set to Automatically




                                                                       5. Click the OK button

                                                                       6. Type the following address into the field labelled DNS
  Servers:                                                     A note on applications
     e.g., “2402:6000:4001:4::2”                               Some software applications contain IPv6 support, but it is not
                                                               turned on by default. This section contains basic instructions
                                                               on how to enable Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird to
                                                               lookup IPv6 addresses in DNS. The default setting in both is
                                                               to only look for IPv4 addresses.

                                                               Mozilla Firefox

                                                                  1. In the Firefox address bar, enter the following:
                                                                     about:config
                                                               This will bring up a complete list of configuration options for
                                                               Firefox.

                                                                  2. Locate the option network.dns.disableIPv6, and set it
                                                                  to false if it is not already.

                                                               Mozilla Thunderbird

                                                                  1. In Thunderbird, go to Tools -> Options (for Mac, Thun-
                                                                  derbird -> Preferences; for Linux, Edit -> Preferences).
                                                               This will cause the Thunderbird options window to be
  7. Click the Apply Now button                                displayed.

To check if you have IPv6 connectivity, follow                    2. On the Advanced tab, click on the button labelled
                                                                  Config Editor.
these steps:
                                                               This will bring up a complete list of configuration options for
  1. Open a terminal window (Applications -> Utilities ->      Thunderbird.
  Terminal)
                                                                  3. Locate the option network.dns.disableIPv6, and set it
  2. Type the following command:                                  to false if it is not already.
     ifconfig
                                                               Having problems?
This will show your computer’s IP address information in the   This section contains some information about some of the
terminal window. You should have at least one address:         causes of potential problems when configuring IPv6.
e.g., “2402:6000:4000:4:”.                                     Sometimes it can appear that you have successfully con-
                                                               nected to the wireless network even if you haven’t. Simply
  3. Now, to see if IPv6 is working, type the following com-   disconnecting and reconnecting to the wireless network, or
  mand into the terminal window:                               turning your wireless card off and on may help.
     ping6 www.apnic.net                                        •	 Does your computer use third party software to con-
If all goes well, you should see responses coming back from    nect to wireless networks?
www.apnic.net over IPv6.                                       Sometimes there is third party wireless networking software
                                                               installed by the computer manufacturer. Often these third party
                                                               softwares don’t support IPv6, and don’t let your operating
                                                               system configure IPv6 itself.

								
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