Recently updated on November 17th, 2022

According to Akamai and the Internet Society, the internet, aka public networks, will run out of Internet Protocol version 4 addresses by November of 2011 IPV6.

Why do we need IVP6?

So what does that mean? Well, every public device, including cell phones, that is attached to the public internet in one-way shape, or form has a public IP address associated with them.

The original IPv4 was only designed to hold a maximum of 4 billion unique usable addresses, whelp guesses what? With everything now “connected” we are running out. In the mid-’90s IPv6 was created yet it has not been widely adopted or deployed, because of the compatibility and hardware requirements.

Three hundred and forty undecillion, two hundred and eighty-two decillion, three hundred and sixty-six nonillion, nine hundred and twenty octillion, nine hundred and thirty-eight septillion, four hundred and sixty-three sextillion, four hundred and sixty-three quintillion, three hundred and seventy-four quadrillion, six hundred and seven trillion, four hundred and thirty-one billion, seven hundred and sixty-eight million, two hundred and eleven thousand, four hundred and fifty-six Ip addresses. Or you could just say 2 to the 128th power.

Routing of IPv6 traffic
6 to 4 Tunneling: Ars Technica

When is IPV6 happening?

So the big boys, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. will perform an IPv6 test flight on June 8th, 2011. Once the big boys adopt the IPV6 they will use a dual-stack/ NAT architecture which will allow them to tunnel IPV4 address space into their IPV6 networks, which hopefully by some time for the rest of the world to adopt the technology.

Be prepared windows 98 users 🙂 You will have to upgrade!


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