Chapter 4. IPv6 Address Representation and Address Types

The most obvious and recognizable difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is the IPv6 address. An IPv4 address is 32 bits and expressed in dotted-decimal notation, whereas an IPv6 address is 128 bits in length and written in hexadecimal. However, there are many other differences between the two protocol addresses. IPv6 includes new address types as well as changes to familiar address types.

In this chapter, you will become familiar with reading IPv6 addresses. You will also learn how to represent many IPv6 addresses with fewer digits, using two simple rules.

This chapter examines all the different types of IPv6 addresses in the unicast, multicast, and anycast categories. Some addresses, such as ...

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