How to enable DHCP IPv6 on the D-link and Huawei router
Enabling IPv6 on your fibre router is necessary because the world is running out of IPv4 addresses due to the growing number of internet-connected devices and increased traffic. The main function of IPv6 is to allow for more unique IP address identifiers to be created and assigned.
IPv4 addresses are made up of four sets of one to three-digit numbers, IPv6 uses eight groups of four hexadecimal digits, separated by colons.
- An example of IPv4 - 22.214.171.124
- An example of IPv6 - 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:73b4.
An IP or Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned to each device that connects to the internet. IP addresses allow devices to talk to each other and exchange information.
PPPoE is used for an Openserve and Vodacom connection only.
DHCP is used for all the other fibre providers.
- Open your internet browser.
- In the search bar enter the IP address of the router to log into the router.
- Hit enter to search.
- This will take you to the D-Link login page. Log into the router with the username and password.
- Click ‘Login’.
If you would like to know How to log into a router read our Help Centre article for assistance.
- This will open the router’s dashboard. Select ‘Connection Setup’ on the left and then select ‘WAN’ below that.
- Here you will see the current connection types in the Connections List.
- Select the ‘+’ button to add a new connection.
You need both IPv4 and IPv6 connections enabled.
- In General Settings, under Connection Type, from the drop-down list select ‘Dynamic IPv6’.
- Scroll down, change nothing else and click ‘Apply’.
- In the Connection List, you will see that Dynamic IPv6 has been added.
You may now log out of the router.
If you are struggling to connect you may need to reboot the router and reconnect devices.
- Log into the router’s web-based interface configuration page.
- Open your Internet browser and enter the device's IP address to access the router.
- Enter 192.168.3.1 in the browser search bar.
- This will take you to the Huawei log in page. Log into the router with the username and password.
- Click ‘Log In’.
- This will open the Huawei routers dashboard. Select the ‘More Functions’ button on the top right.
- On the left-hand side menu, select ‘About Router', scroll down to see the IPv6 status. It will probably be disabled
- If it is disabled, then you will need to enable it.
- Under ‘Network Settings’ on the left-hand side, select ‘IPv6’ from the options below.
- Enable the IPv6 toggle button.
- Under Internet, change the address type to ‘DHCPV6’.
- Scroll down and click ‘Save’.
- Go back to the ‘About Router’ page to check the IPv6 Status.
- Status should show IPv6 enabled information.
The setup is now complete, and you may now log out of the router.
Should the status read as below:
- WAN IP address: ‘Unable to obtain’
- Default gateway: ‘Unable to obtain’
- DNS server: ‘Unable to obtain’
- Prefix: ‘Unable to obtain’
You will have to perform a power cycle on your devices (Router and ONT):
- Disconnect both router and ONT from the power supply.
- Wait 5 minutes for the internal cache to clear.
- Then reconnect all devices to power and turn back on.
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