IPv6 Basics

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IPv6 – The new Internet Protocol:

Just Another Page of our Information for Non-Tech-Heads

In Simple Terms, what is IPv6?

The latest protocol (Set of Rules, and Standards) intended to overcome the limitations of IPv4.

IPv4 is the current widely used system of managing website and other internet ADDRESSES… You all know the commonly seen web address in your browser e.g. https://graphiclineweb.wordpress.com/ However, behind the scenes, the servers that the internet (and your company Intranet) see things slightly differently, as a string of numbers e.g. (there are numerous other TECHNICAL things involved as well – more information – IPv4 and IPv6)

When a website domain is registered and hosted, that domain receives one of these number strings. This allows the servers we use to connect to the web and visit sites to find the site we are looking for.

IPV4 however is limited to a maximum of 3706.65 million (Technical Details) as well as approximately 600 million more reserved for the infrastructure. This may seem like a large number, BUT, it has become exhausted.

Unless a new system is adopted, there can be no more websites!

Bring on IPv6 – which makes available 3.4×1038 addresses (340 undecillion) along with new more powerful “behind the scenes” abilities.

What Impact will this new protocol have on you the Internet user?

None which will be detrimental or problematical. We will all continue to enjoy the ‘net, and the rest will be up to the tech guys to sort out.

The Benefits:

Many more websites! A better and more powerful internet! In fact, more of everything!


Mike Otgaar


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