The Internet is a complex world.
Not complicated to use, per say. But complicated when you get down to its inner workings.
When you connect to the Internet, your questions for Google get routed (or sent) across various networks using an integral component called the “Internet protocol address” (or the “IP address”).
Every request gets identified by a particular IP address. This means that every computer connected to the Internet has a unique IP address. Without this address, it would be impossible to process your requests.
There is a problem, though.
With the number of Internet users constantly growing, the need for more IP addresses constantly grows. Currently, we use Internet protocol version 4.0. IP version 4.0 (or IPv4 in tech lingo) will soon max out its quota of IP addresses.
IPv6 will become the new Internet protocol address environment.
So what is IPv6?
IPv6 will replace IPv4. This is nothing new. IPv4 has already been revised many times before. This new 6.0 series works in the same way as its predecessor. The main function of Internet protocol is to provide a unique and numeric-based key to identify every computer on the Internet.
While the earlier 4.0 version used 32-bit system, the current 6.0 version will utilize 128-bit addresses.
But why shift towards the newer version?
Very soon the 4 billion plus IPv4 addressees will get exhausted. We need a newer series. Upgrading is both imminent and inevitable. A 32-bit system can only create limited unique addresses. The 128-bit system, however, will translate into 340,000,000,000,etc. (actually 37 “0’s”) addresses, which will provide a truly mind boggling numbers of IP addresses—thousands of times more than the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches!
But there’s another problem.
The IPv6 transition will not be easy. It will take time and money. Technicians and network administrators will have to undergo additional training and imbibe required skills. Interfaces, appliances, software, and routers will all have to be changed to support the newer network. Norcast has been preparing our equipment for this over the last couple of years.
In today’s world, both IP systems run together, which requires special gateways so they can communicate with each other. The new IPv6 in its early stages, and it still has issues, which need to be sorted out before it can become a standard network protocol.
Is there anything you need to do? No. The timing of the roll out will depend on when there aren’t any more IPV4s to pass around, but rest assured that all electronic devices made in the last 5 years have been readied. Even 10 years ago, certain manufacturers had their higher end products prepped. Of course, Norcast is in the forefront of the event.
Stay tuned for updates as the Norcast techs and techs around the world work to get the new system up and running before we run out of IPv4 addresses.