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IP Version 6

Blog by Ryan Way - 12/06/2012

IP Version 6

On July 6th 2012 companies and Internet Service Providers across the world started the switch from the nearly exhausted IPv4 address scheme to the new IPv6 format.

What this means for you:

Not much. The change is made in the background and will not affect you directly. There may be some changes required to your router, but we’ll handle all these when required – over the next couple of years. This change is required to keep the internet expanding!

If you host your own mail server or remote access into your server, we may also need to make some DNS changes, but once again, we’ll take care of all that when required, so you don’t have to worry about it.

The nitty gritty:

IPv4 is a 32 bit address range using 12 numbers separated in 4 blocks containing 3 numbers each. e.g. 208.165.125.101. This allowed for 4,300,000,000 (4.3 billion) addresses allocated. This was deemed fine when the internet was created. But little did we know how quickly the internet would grow!

IPv6 is a 128 bit address range and looks like this. e.g. 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334. This allows for 340,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (3.4 undecillion) addresses. This gives every person over a billion IP addresses each.

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