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How The Transition From IPv4 to IPv6 Going To Affect Me

Ever imagine if our lifeline, The Internet, run out of room? And what if I'll say that it's already happening? Real shock, isn't it? Well, don't get carried away with the news that the Internet Addresses are running out of space, because it was there to get happen when the IPv4 was introduced. So, the researchers were ready to face this challenge, and much to our delight, they have already came up with IPv6 technology, which is gonna solve the problem permanently (yes, permanently! Why? answer is in this article!).

So, basically, as we all know that the internet consist of plenty of different websites with their unique IP addresses. These IP addresses are absolutely unique and must differ from one another to disguise between two different websites. Up till today, the IP addresses were assigned by the technique called IPv4. It assigns the IP addresses like which consist of 4 numbers combined with the dots in between. Every thing has some limit and this doesn't prove to be wrong in IPv4's case as well! Now, as the limit of the 4,300,000,000 is about to be reached, the Internet giants now have realized the need to introduce IPv6 in the system exclusively so that gradually get it to be adopted by the world before the IPv4 run out of space!

Clearly we need more IP addresses to satisfy the ever growing needs of the ever growing Internet. IPv6 has came to our rescue with the gigantic amount of addresses, 340 trillion trillion trillion (or, 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) addresses to be precise! Now all we need to do is to transit ourselves to IPv6 from IPv4. 

When is the transition happening?

IPv6 is essential to the continued health and growth of the Internet and that by allowing all devices to talk to each other directly, IPv6 enables new innovative services. Replacing the Internet's plumbing will take some time, but the transition has begun. 
World IPv6 Launch on June 6, 2012, marks the start of a coordinated rollout by major websites and Internet service and equipment providers.
You do not need to do anything to prepare, but if you're interested in learning more and supporting IPv6, check out a few frequently asked questions.

How the transition actually going to affect me?

You don't need to prepare anything for IPv6; your applications and devices will work just as they did before. This change is to make sure you can keep using the Internet in the future just as you do today.

So, if you are a normal Internet user, you'll see no change in your habits due to the transition.

The another question that may struck to your mind is "Will IPv4 be turning off?" The simple answer to that question is "NO". The IPv4 will continue operating as before, there is no need to worry about that!

How To Get IPv6?

Many major websites and Internet Service Providers now support IPv6, but there are still many more who need to switch. If you'd like to use IPv6, contact your Internet Service Provider asking them to provide you with IPv6 Internet access. You may also need to enable IPv6 on your home router or upgrade to a home router that supports IPv6. For a list of home router manufacturers that support IPv6, start here.

Do You Already Have IPv6?

You may be using IPv6 already, visit ipv6test.google.com to find out. Many devices you use already support IPv6; however, the websites you visit and your Internet Service Provider must first enable IPv6 before you can use it.

Was There Ever IPv5?

Version 5 was reserved for the Internet Stream Protocol developed prior to IPv6–it was never widely deployed and will not be used publicly.

Rajat Patel

Rajat Patel

Founder at TheNextGeek.com. Software Engineer & Business Analyst by profession. Avid open source evangelist. Mostly writes about Technology that interests him, and some neat tricks to make your day-to-day tech life a breeze.

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