Wednesday, 19 January 2011 14:26

IPv4 Transition to IPv6

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What is IPv6?

IPv6 or IP version 6 is the next generation Internet protocol which will eventually replace the current protocol IPv4.  The primary difference is that IPv6 uses 128 bit addresses as compared to the 32 bit addresses used with IPv4.  Among other things, this improvement is expected to make assigning addresses to wireless devices easier and accommodate the myriad smart network enabled devices that will surround us in the future.

IPv4 vs IPv6

IPv4

IPv6

Number of Addresses

2^32

2^128

Appearance of IP address

10.10.0.24

3ffe:1900:4545:3:200:f8dd:fe21:67cf

Local host

127.0.0.1

::1 or 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1

Sample Websites

http://google.com

http://ipv6.google.com

There are ways to check if you are on IPv6.  The easiest way is to attempt to browse a website using the IPv6 protocol.  IPv6 address transition will come to end users sooner or later. No matter how fast the Internet grows, it will still be one of the channels where customers can be targeted. The Northern Office provides an array of services like Online Marketing, Social Media, Content Development,etc. Contact TNO for details.
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