When a computer, smartphone or tablet sends or receives data from the Internet, the information is divided into packets. Each packet is identified with a source address and a destination. For the packet to be routed properly, this address must be unique, like a telephone number. This transmission mechanism is called Internet Protocol (IP).

From the Internet’s beginnings, addresses have been defined by the IPv4 standard, which can create up to 4 billion such addresses. The worldwide popularity of the Web and the rapid increase in the number of connected devices mean this maximum will soon be reached and the Internet will run out of addresses.
An IPv4 address looks like this:

In anticipation of this shortage, the IPv6 protocol was launched.With IPv6, 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 addresses can be created, which (as you’ll surely agree) should last us for many years to come.
The IPv6 standard, contrary to its name, is the second version of the Internet protocol.

An IPv6 address looks like this: 2607:fa48:6d50:69f1:21f:3cff:fe9d:9be3

To manage this important change, Videotron began implementing IPv6 on its entire Internet network a number of years ago.

Most Videotron clients won’t notice the difference.

Adopting the IPv6 protocol will open the door to the development of innovative—and increasingly elaborate and fascinating—Internet applications. It is hoped that this change will lead to a gradual drop in the use of IPv4.

When the IPv4 address shortage hits, Videotron will be armed with a fully prepared network and continue to provide its clients with a high-performance browsing experience.

In terms of connection speed, confidentiality and security, IPv6 is similar to IPv4.

The IPv6 protocol’s deployment at Videotron essentially involves building a new Internet network, a project that calls for hardware and/or software modifications on most of its components: backbone routers, access routers, DNS services, DHCP, etc.

The work has been going on for a number of years now, and most of the Videotron IP network already handles the IPv6 protocol. The last and longest stage, called “IPv6 native,” requires modernizing the access network and modems. This major change, which began in 2011, will continue into 2012. Our customers will be regularly updated on new developments.

For IPv6 to be available as quickly as possible, Videotron has deployed equipment (relays”) that will allow Videotron residential routers to access the IPv6 Internet by encapsulating IPv6 packets through the IPv4 network. We’ve called it the “IPv6 beta program”.

In all cases, IPv6 and IPv4 will work simultaneously without affecting the latter.

For several years, Videotron has undertaken the deployment of version IPv6 Beta throughout the entirety of its IP network.
This IPv6 Beta program is a service that is currently reaching the end of its tenure and will soon be replaced by the final step, called “IPv6 native”.
This final step, which is also the longest, consists of upgrading the access and modem network.

Our clients will be kept up to date, regularly, as to its evolution.

No matter what, IPv6 and IPv4 will function simultaneously.

Step 1
imageOpen an Internet browser and connect to the address
Step 2
Enter the username and password.
  A. Default username: admin
  B. Default password: “vide”
Step 3
Click on “Login.”
Step 4
imageThe homepage will open. Click on the text “Expert Mode.”
Step 5
imageThe status page will open.
A. Note the IP address in the section “WAN Information.”
Step 6
imageClick on the tab “Configuration” on the left, represented by a gearwheel.
Step 7
imageThe WAN configuration page will appear. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
Step 8
imageUnder the heading “IPv6 Tunneling,” select “6RD.”
Step 9
Open the Videotron 6RD manual configuration tool.
Step 10
imageEnter the IP address you noted in step 5 (A) and click on “6RD.”
  A. The following information will appear.
Étape 11
imageEnter the information presented in the tool in the appropriate fields of the ZyXEL page. 

A. Click on “Apply.”
B. Wait for the router to complete the configuration. The message will change to “Ready” (in green) when it is finished. 

    i. The configuration may take several minutes.
Step 1
12 Command promtOpen the command prompt by clicking on “Start” and enter “cmd” in the search field.
Step 2
imageEnter the command “ipconfig” and verify that your computer has the IPv6 addresses.
Step 3
14 Navigation 6RDOpen a browser and go to the address “” Scores of 9/10 or 10/10 indicate navigation is working.

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