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Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP by Adam Dunkels, Jean-Philippe Vasseur

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Chapter 4

IPv6 for Smart Object Networks and the Internet of Things

4.1 Introduction

IPv4 has been widely and very successfully deployed on hundreds of millions of hosts and routers in a number of private and public networks around the world. Considering that IPv4 was initially designed in 1982 [48], such a growth and adoption rate is remarkable. Very early on, considering the impressive growth of IP networks, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in charge of standardizing the IP protocol suite had identified the need to specify a new version of IP: several task force groups were formed and these initiatives led to the specification of IPv6 in 1998 [53].

IPv6 is an evolution of IPv4 and builds on IPv4 with no change in the fundamental and ...

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