Netgear IPv6-enabled l2/l3 switches

Netgear makes a relatively inexpensive managed switch, the FSM-726 (300). It’s a 24-port 10/100 switch with two 1000/SPF combo ports.

The latest firmware for it is IPv6 capable, and I think they deserve some kudos. I haven’t tried it as an IPv6 router, but you can manage it over IPv6.

FSM726V3) #show network Interface Status............................... Always Up IP Address..................................... 10.9.7.16 Subnet Mask.................................... 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway................................ 10.9.7.1 IPv6 Administrative Mode....................... Enabled IPv6 Prefix is ................................ FE80::226:F2FF:FEAB:B0F2/64 IPv6 Prefix is ................................ 5001:abcd:ef01:2:226:F2FF:FEAB:B0F2/64 IPv6 Default Router............................ FE80::250:BAFF:FE2E:7AF1 Burned In MAC Address.......................... 00:26:F2:AB:B0:F2 Locally Administered MAC address............... 00:00:00:00:00:00 MAC Address Type............................... Burned In Configured IPv4 Protocol....................... DHCP Configured IPv6 Protocol....................... None IPv6 AutoConfig Mode........................... Enabled Management VLAN ID............................. 1

(Yes, I have obsured the IPv6 address, since yes, actually, you can get to this device from the Internet. Note in the picture that you have to put [] around literal IPv6 addresses in most browsers)

[[../../images/netgear-fsm726.png][Management Interface in IPv6]]

I was also able to copy the configuration to another host via SCP over IPv6:

(FSM726V3) #copy nvram:startup-config scp://roster@5001:abcd:ef01:1:216:3eff:fe86:6f45/home/roster/fscm726-v3.cfg Remote Password:******** Mode........................................... SCP Set Server IP.................................. 5001:abcd:ef01:1:216:3eff:fe86:6f45 Path........................................... home/roster/ Filename....................................... fscm726-v3.cfg Data Type...................................... Text Configuration Management access will be blocked for the duration of the transfer Are you sure you want to start? (y/n) y File transfer operation completed successfully.

In production, I will have the management interfaces on IPv6 networks, which will not be globally announced. Why is this better than 10. network addressing? because the addresses are unique, regardless of where you go.