In this test we want to see if it’s possible to connect to an IPv6 network with an IPv4 device. Normally this wouldn’t work, because communication between the two protocols isn’t possible. Therefore we are going to translate the IPv4 address to a IPv6 address. To do this, we will use an AX2500 load balancer, provided by A10 Networks. By default, a load balancer is used to distribute workload across multiple resources, but in this case we are going to use one as an IPv4 to IPv6 translator. The translation protocol used is NAT46.
The actual test will be several hosts (with an IPv4 address) trying to connect to a IPv6 network. This network will contain a load balancer translating the IP addresses. If successful, the host’s IPv4 addresses will be translated and they will be able to connect to the IPv6 network. Since we are hosting a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment, every device should be able to connect to the IPv6 network.
For more information on the translation test read Technical Design Translation.