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strange question but I gotta ask it, will a 15+year old NIC ...

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strange question but I gotta ask it, will a 15+year old NIC ...

Who Am I Really
be able to understand IPv6 or is that strictly an OS function?

reasons for asking:
- I can't find any good search results that specifically answer that end of it
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OH Smeg

Is it is a function of the OS not the actual Network Hardware.

I however may be completely wrong.

Col

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Ofena

My suggestion is to analyze the traffic through your NIC. I will recommend to use a free packet sniffer like http://monitor-tool.com/free.html Then you would be able to view if there was any traffic by IPv6 in Matrix map or the internet protocol list.

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JPElectron

It is very unlikely that a 15+ year old NIC is going to have a driver, for use on an operating system that is IPv6 capable.

If it doesn't have a RJ45 jack (for Ethernet) then the answer is most certainly NO.
For example you might have an old NIC for TokenRing or BNC connectors, good like finding a driver for that today.

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Deadly Ernest

At 15 years old it's probably a 100 MB Ethernet or an early 1 GB Ethernet, if he'd said 20 year old, then it may have been TR or BNC but they were all but gone by the 1996, no news ones being sold but a few legacy ones of several years of age around.

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Deadly Ernest

1. A driver for the NIC

2. Capability to work with IPv6

3. You have to have the connection set to allow it to use IPv6

However, I can say that I have an Ethernet NIC from from 1996 that's connected to a Linux system with IPv6 set to work and it's working fine. The newest NIC in any of my Systems is a 1 GB NIC bought back in 2001 - 2003 sometime, can't remember when. All work OK with IPv6 as long as the NIC works with the OS. I've 1998 100 MB NIC that works well with Zorin OS 5 Linux but not with my son's Win 7.

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Who Am I Really

anything without an RJ-45 would also most likely be an ISA Bus card

the one ISA card (Linksys Ether16) I have, has 2 ports
an RJ-45 and what looks like fiber or thin-net cable

I have 6x 10/100 and 2 or 3x 10 only
3x 3-COM based cards
2x Intel based cards
and one unbranded
all PCI cards have dates between 1997 - 2000

and win2K and XP knows exactly what the PCI cards are without looking for drivers
but they're only supported for basic features, the drivers give more options

Don't know if any other OS would know or recognize them without drivers though

eg, screwing around with win 8 RP on a 2006 IBM Z60m and it sees the Gigabit NIC but not the Wireless NIC

edit: got posted before I was done because I cant turn this damn touch pad off

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windowsmt60

The network card uses a MAC address as it's "home" addressing, not IP. The MAC address is probably in a MAC-48 standard (6 octects), on a card this old, but even so, MAC-48 addresses are estimated to not run out until the year 2100.

The OS translates the IP address (IPv6 or otherwise) to a valid MAC address, whether is be MAC-48, EIU-48 or EIU-64. This makes the support of the card in IPv6 unrelated. Therefore, if your OS supports IPv6 and it supports your ethernet card, then it will work.

The ARP protocol is what associates the IP addressing scheme, however it is implemented, with the MAC address of the card, which is controlled at the software levels. It is done that way to support dynamic routing, switching, etc... So you shouldn't have any trouble as long as you have a driver.

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Who Am I Really

curious bug here,

can't select anyone as "Answer"

I get cycled into a loop saying I must be the same user that asked the Q to select the answer

well I'm fairly certain that this would be me