One of the most successful networking technologies of recent years has been IEEE 802.11 or, as it is commonly known, “Wi-Fi.” Wireless networks have seen widespread deployment within organizations as well as in public “hotspots” all over the world. As a frequent traveler, I am very pleased with this development. It has been a long time since I had to resort to a modem and phone line in order to access e-mail or use the Web. Wireless networks have truly changed the way we use the Internet. Our first article, by T. Sridhar, explores the emerging use of Wireless LAN Switches in wireless access networks.
IPv6 is a technology that perhaps should have been widely deployed by now, but wide deployment has not happened yet, for numerous reasons. This journal has covered many aspects of IPv6. This time, Iljitsch van Beijnum looks at some of the details you need to be aware of when considering a move to IPv6. The article is adapted from his book Running IPv6, which was reviewed in our December 2005 issue.
In previous editions of IPJ we have pointed you to other sources of information, such as The IETF Journal, Geoff Huston’s ISP Column, and other documents available from the Internet Society Website at http://www.isoc.org. This time I want to make you aware of an article that originally appeared in Apster, the newsletter of the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The article is entitled “IP Addressing in China and the Myth of Address Shortage,” and you will find the URL for it in our “Fragments” section. If you want to further explore the work of the RIRs, you can start by visiting the Number Resource Organization (NRO) at http://nro.net.
You may have read that both of our sister publications, Packet and IQ Magazine, are publishing their final issues this September. Naturally, this has led to some of our readers asking what is in store for IPJ. We want to reassure you that we intend to continue publishing IPJ in both its paper and online forms. Plans are also under way to enhance our Website to provide you with more tools and resources. If you have suggestions for the Website, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Ole J. Jacobsen, Editor and Publisher