Aerohive + IPv6

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There will be soon a public tender in Slovenia, where all of the primary and secondary schools (around 250 schools in total) will need to upgrade their wired and wireless infrastructure. One of the most important requirements is support of IPv6 or at least a roadmap of IPv6 implementation...otherwise we will not be able to attend the public tender. 

Our huge competition is Cisco with it's virtual controller, LanCom and Fortinet...all of them supporting IPv6...

Aerohive at the moment support this IPv6 functionalities:

  • Multiple VLAN Support for SSIDs prevents IPv6 client devices from self-assigning incorrect IPv6 addresses based on multicast RAs (router advertisements) from multiple VLANs.

  • IPv4 and IPv6 Traffic Filtering by Ethertype allows you to control the type of IP traffic on your Aerohive devices.

  • Display Client IPv6 Addresses introduces CLI commands that display MAC and IPv6 addresses of associated client devices.

  • DHCP6 Shield and RA Guard improve security and prevent network disruption caused by rogue or misconfigured IPv6 servers by blocking RAs on all access interfaces and allowing them only on backhaul interfaces. 

Q1: How can we start doing PoC with presenting IPv6 functionalities presented above? With which HiveOS and Hivemanager version should we test it?

Q2: Do you think that we somehow could get the roadmap of IPv6 development?

These informations would be much appreciated!


Best regards,

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HiveOS version 6.2 introduced the functionality you mention, so that or a later version (such as 6.4r1, that just got released) will allow you to demonstrate this functionality.

Please note that the HiveManager application itself is not yet IPv6-enabled, but the underlying OS for HiveManager is and has been for a long time. In other words, if you have an on-premises HiveManager and it resides on a network that supplies the IPv6 infrastructure, then you could use an IPv6-only client to connect to HiveManager and control your Hive. HiveManager will need and use the IPv4 infrastructure to communicate with the managed HiveOS devices. Except for one minor tweak to the Client Monitor functionality within HiveManager to glean and display any received Router Advertisements delivered to the monitored client (as an aid in troubleshooting), there is no other IPv6 functionality within HiveManager.

I am sorry, but I cannot disclose future product plans (aka roadmaps) in this venue. IF you contact your local Aerohive representatives, they can get that data from me and/or they can arrange a conference call or GoToMeeting session where we can help you prepare for this tender.