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Details about IPv6

Business Technology | June 8, 2011

Virtually all of us have heard rumblings about the Internet transitioning to IPv6. What exactly it will mean, however, is still lost on many. Continue reading for an explanation of IPv6 and how it may possibly affect you.

What it is

IPv6 is a version of IP (Internet Protocol) that has been created due to the previous version having a limited number of addresses. IP is the method by which data is transmitted over the Internet. Running out of addresses essentially means that new websites will no longer be able to be created.

IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses as opposed to the 32-bit addresses used by IPv4. The longer number strings allow for more addresses because there are a greater number of possible combinations. 

How the transition may affect you

Most likely, some challenges will arise during the transition. Most problems you may run into will likely be related to the browser you’re using and/or the Web server of the site you wish to visit. Some potential problems include:

  • If you’re using IPv6 and you attempt to access an IPv4 site, you may receive a “404” error.
  • If you are on a network that only supports IPv4, you may not be able to access IPv6 sites – you can reconfigure your network in order to fix this.

Despite the potential for problems, many people agree that you will probably still be able to view any site if you are using IPv6.

How to avoid IPv6-related problems

Fortunately, if you are worried about problems you might encounter during the transition, there are a few resources designed to help you out. http://omgipv6day.com/ and http://test-ipv6.com/ are two websites that will alert you if you are likely to see any problems due to the IPv6 transition. 

Overall, IPv6 will be a much-needed change that will allow for a greater volume of information and activity on the Internet. For more information on IPv6 and the transition, take a look at this article.


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