Chapter 26. IPv6 Introduction

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has adopted Internet Protocol, version 6 (IPv6) as a replacement for Internet Protocol, version 4 (IPv4), the standard used today. This chapter provides an overview of IPv6, including routing and addressing, address autoconfiguration, neighbor discovery, and transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6.


It is worth mentioning that IPv6 is a work in progress; therefore, it is subject to developmental changes.

The developmental efforts regarding IPv6 can be traced through the following RFCs. (This is a partial list of the directly relevant RFCs.)

  • December 1995 / 1883 Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification. S. Deering, R. Hinden. December 1995. Format: TXT=82089 bytes. Obsoleted ...

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