August 08, 2011 07:00 ET

Ixia Announces Support for IPv6 Validation Over Wi-Fi

Recent VeriWave Acquisition Further Extends Ixia's End-to-End IPv6 Solution

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that IxVeriWave, its recent product line acquisition, now supports IPv6 testing over Wi-Fi networks and access points. IxVeriWave's WaveTest suite of testing products are the first to market that address a new generation of WLAN infrastructure equipment, and enable wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to ensure that new offerings and network deployments are fully IPv6 compliant and backward compatible.

In recent years, the popularity of mobile devices such as smart phones, iPads, iPods, Internet radio, DVRs, game consoles and the like has depleted the global pool of IPv4 addresses, restricting growth in major markets such as Asia. As the IPv6 protocol compensates for the shortage, ABI Research estimates that worldwide mobile broadband-enabled IPv6 subscriptions will reach one billion by the end of this year. IxVeriWave WaveTest solutions uniquely allow service providers, equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to perform crucial performance and compatibility testing to ensure successful migration to IPv6 in both public and private infrastructures.

Ixia's suite of IPv6 testing solutions equips service providers, equipment manufacturers, and enterprises with test plans and tools to fully evaluate the IPv6 readiness of each device, system, or end-to-end network. IxVeriWave's IPv6 testing furthers Ixia's end-to-end IPv6 capabilities by providing comprehensive IPv6 testing from the Wi-Fi access point to the IP network core. As the "gold standard" development and deployment testing solution for wireless infrastructures and devices, WaveTest solutions enable the thorough testing of newly enhanced functionalities, as well as the ability to generate and test how well systems handle IPv6 and IPv4 clients concurrently.

Key Facts:

  • The new IPv6-capable WaveBlades enable IxVeriWave's trademark traffic generation and analysis (TGA), with each test port generating up to 500 programmable clients. The blades are fully backward compatible supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 using a variety of fixed and mobile interfaces.
  • Each IxVeriWave-generated client supports advanced functionality testing for:
    • NDP: Neighbor/router discovery and address assignment
    • ICMPv6 including Echo ("Pingv6") functionality
    • Multicast Listener Discovery via MLDv1 and MLDv2
    • Dual-stack operation of both IPv4 and IPv6
    • UDP, RTP, stateful TCP, and multicast flows
    • DHCPv6
  • With full IPv6 functionality, WaveTest offers rapid time-to-test and repeatability, enabling comprehensive testing of networks and devices at full scale and under stress loads needed to keep new products and services on schedule with optimizing performance upon delivery

Supporting Quotes:

  • "Cisco is committed to providing IPv6-capable Wi-Fi connectivity to LANs, WANs, and the Internet," said Jake Woodhams, Director of Technical Marketing at Cisco. "Ixia's IxVeriWave IPv6 capabilities are a timely addition to the WaveTest portfolio. We use the WaveTest system in development, QA, and marketing of our IPv6-capable Wi-Fi solutions allowing us to keep a rapid pace of innovation while maintaining our leading position in this market. Furthermore, great tools like WaveTest give us the critical data we need to partner closely with our customers on the migration to IPv6."
  • "Ixia's goal is to provide a one-stop solution for the testing needs of network equipment manufacturers, providers, and users. The transition to IPv6 is a reality that is upon us, and must be thoroughly validated end-to-end through the network -- including Wi-Fi," said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO of Ixia. "Our recent acquisition of WaveTest, and now its new IPv6 capabilities, allow Ixia to realize that vision and assist network operators in providing seamless and efficient networks and network services to their customers."

For more information go to Ixia's Wi-Fi testing page (

About Ixia
Ixia provides the industry's most comprehensive converged IP services testing solution -- from the wireless edge to the Internet core. Network equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises, and government agencies use Ixia's industry-leading test and simulation platforms to design and validate a broad range of wired, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G networking equipment and networks. Ixia's solutions create real-world conditions by emulating a full range of high-scaling networking protocols and generating media-rich application traffic to validate performance, conformance and security of cloud, core, data center, wireless and multiplay networks. For more information, visit

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