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Why does IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless matter?


Internet of Things (IOT), Internet of Everything (IOE), Industrial Internet of Things (I2OT) - whatever your name for it, IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless make the Industrial Internet of Things a reality today.

ISA100 Wireless is the only industrial wireless protocol standard to incorporate IPv6 directly as part of its network layer and transport layer. This gives ISA100 Wireless the advantage of seamless end-to-end routing with “anything anywhere” effectively in a single environment.

IPv6 in ISA100 Wireless supports multiple subnets which enables sensors to be grouped together much like a VLAN for traffic and network management, while also breaking the network into zones for security reasons. Support for subnet-level mesh, as well as backbone-level routing, is also supported in ISA100 Wireless.

IPv6 networks use familiar standards-based addressing and can be managed using tools derived from traditional IT network management tools and systems. Today’s generation of network managers and automation engineers understand IPv6 and so will future generations.

Many think IPv6 only increases IP addresses, but there are a number of other advantages:

Security Boost – Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), a major design improvement of IPv6, authenticates and encrypts each IP packet of a communication session. IPsec operates in the Internet Layer, thus it protects any and all application traffic across an IP network.

Support For New Services - By eliminating Network Address Translation (NAT), true end-to-end connectivity at the IP layer is restored, enabling new and valuable services. Peer-to-peer networks are easier to create and maintain, more robust Quality of Service (QoS).

More Efficient Routing - reduced routing table sizes, more hierarchical routing.

More Efficient Packet Processing - simplified packet headers; eliminated IP-level checksum that exists in IPv4

Directed Data Flows - IPv6 supports a superior multicast method saving network bandwidth

Simplified Network Configuration - address auto-configure is built into IPv6 (address assignment)