In this question Find IPv6 Router advertising a prefix Mark makes a comment that IPv6 router advertisements are bad.

Why is IPv6 traffic on the network bad? (even if it is a rogue router advertisement which it sounds to me like it would only be a problem if you were already routing IPv6) Is this only bad when you are routing IPv6 already?

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From the context, I think he meant that a rogue IPv6 router is bad, not IPv6 traffic per se.

One problem with a rogue IPv6 router is that in general, most nodes are configured to prefer IPv6 routing over IPv4 routing when IPv6 is available, so any traffic that could go over IPv6 would go over IPv6, through the rogue router.

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    Correct, I meant a rogue RA Apr 24, 2011 at 20:37
  • Additionally, because the rogue RA will have a different prefix, it could mean that IPv6 communication that doesn't use the Link Local address can be come slow, impaired, or even impossible. Apr 24, 2011 at 20:38
  • so if I have a rogue RA with a different prefix why would that affect my traffic (presuming I am using either link local only or have defined a prefix myself? This mght be a " go learn more about ipv6" answer as I suspect my ipv6 knowledge is somehow incorrect.
    – Jim B
    Apr 26, 2011 at 3:09

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