LIFX Developer Zone

IPv6 support for LAN APi

#1

When can we expect bulbs that can be configured with an IPv6 address and respond to the UDP LAN protocol via IPv6?

More than 50% of US mobile traffic is IPv6. Nearly 40% of US fixed wireline traffic is IPv6.

This is overdue.

Unfortunately, so far, all of the manufacturers are failing in this regard.

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#2

I was pleasantly surprised to see there finally was a GU10 alternative available again and I was ready to finally replace my Hue-install, but no way I’m doing that without IPv6-support. I’ve been asking for this since the first kickstarter bulbs.

Making smart home devices in 2018 without IPv6 is plain mad. 60% of the internet traffic in Belgium are IPv6 now. 40% in Germany and Greece.

If Lifx wants to lead the way in smart homes and not just follow the others they need to implement IPv6 in their products soon, and I don’t mean just their websites.

#3

The IETF has create a set of Homenet specifications, to describe the near future of home networking. (See https://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/homenet/documents/). It is all IPv6 based, and makes a very good case for IPv4 and all of its NAT’ing problems to go away. What’s the holdup? Devices like the LIFX and Yeelight bulbs that don’t talk IPv6 :frowning:

#4

This was true even without home net specifications. It’s absurd to be making IPv4 only products in this day and age. It’s been absurd for at least 10 years.

#5

Is there a technical limitation that prevents LIFX bulb firmware being upgraded to use IPv6?

#6

When it comes to home networks pretty much 0% use IPv6. Major carriers use it e.g. mobile phones but home networks etc very minimal.

when 99% of home users are on IPv4 there is no rush to IPv6 however the product should ideally support it.