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cbarbagallo
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Does Roku Support IPv6?

Does Roku Support IPv6?   Thanks.

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renojim
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

No.

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cbarbagallo
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

Seriously?  

bluej21
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

This is sadly still true.  You would think it's a trivial add in the year 2021, especially as the big media providers (Google, Netflix, etc.) all support and prefer it.

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atc98092
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

It's something that will need to be added eventually, but for now there's likely not an immediate need for it. Since Roku devices are never connected directly to the Internet, the user's router can handle the internal IPv4 traffic without much bother. Based on an article I just read, it's likely going to be close to 2050 before the world is fully IPv6. I think we have some time...

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iXe8ta
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

My homebrew DVR is based on MythTV.

If I disable IPv6 on that host, the Roku Media Player can find its content.

If I enable IPv6, RMP's scan for content never ends.

In my opinion, Roku really needs to go dual-stack.

atc98092
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

@iXe8ta seems odd behavior. I have IPv4 and IPv6 enabled on both of my media PCs, and RMP sees them both without a problem. Both of my servers are running Windows 10, so perhaps it's an OS issue. Perhaps MythTV can't/won't run both protocols at the same time. 

But you're right that support for both is needed.

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gbcox
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

Actually, this support is needed much much sooner than later, as in now.  There are three examples I can think of immediately:  T-Mobile home internet, Starlink internet and Starry internet... there are undoubtedly many more.  The problem is these new internet services use CGNAT for ipv4 traffic and are using or will shortly be using ipv6 for public facing traffic.  If Roku doesn't support ipv6 then that basically means applications that run on the Roku platform that require public addressing (one example is Plex) just won't work properly.  Roku may have gotten away with this in the past (as have many other vendors), but their time has basically run out.  Apple TV and Android TV support ipv6.  I'm a big fan of Roku, but if I change to an ISP that requires ipv6 for public facing traffic (and all of the new technology based ISPs will require it, simply because there aren't any more ipv4 addresses available), then I'll be forced to switch to Android or Apple - and once I switch, I'm not coming back.  Roku isn't stupid, I'm sure they are well aware of the situation - but they need to get in front of this, because the train has already left the station. 

renojim
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

Going through one of the "secret" screens after getting the 10.5 update I saw a mention of IPv6, so perhaps they're working on it.

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Sir_Launcelot
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Re: Does Roku Support IPv6?

Which secret screen?  Is it the one in the platform menu?  I am seeing bad DNS IPv6 queries coming from the wrong scoped IPv6 address.

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