Published on 3rd June 2011 by
Originally Posted by tehBorisThe IPv4 protocol will never die (well, may be in a few hundred years, by which time IPv6 may be on the way out), it is far too wide spread and implemented in so many devices for it to go away. Fortunately IPv6 has a whole subnet reserved for backwards compatibility with IPv4. Ultimately we don't need to ditch IPv4, we just need to adopt IPv6.
Originally Posted by mucgooWhat would happen if we were to stick to ip4 and run out? What would be the effect?
There is no immediate replacement for IPv6 on the horizon,' he says, 'so we need to be careful with how we allocate IPv6 addresses.' He likens an IPv6 address to a grain of sand. 'We can't just assume that we can give out whole beaches at a time,' he points out, 'just because there are so many sand grains on it – then we will run out as well.'
Originally Posted by TibbyCould we not just add one more ocetet to the tag denoting country? Isn't there just under 200 countries? Should stay under 254 easily...
Originally Posted by faugusztinNo, it's not enough. Just think - now we have computers and phones connected to the internet, that is usually 1-5 devices per family. Now imagine when your fridge, your lock, your security camers, your ebook reader, your TV, your radio, your lights, your "insert other electronics name here" will be all connected to the internet.
Originally Posted by BungletronAlso there are a stack of spare IP addresses that are simply being wasted at the moment.
Originally Posted by faugusztinYes, but they are owned by someone. And transfer of ownership means trade. Yep, there is already a nice IPv4 address block trading going on, mostly Asian ISPs as buyers and American companies as sellers.
Originally Posted by faugusztinShow me a device at your home with no IPv6 support. Home users are pretty much totally prepared for IPv6, it is the network infrastructure of the Internet itself which here and there have old IPv4 only hardware.
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