C H A P T E R  14

IPv6: Implications and Concepts

IPv6 is the current standard for Internet communications replacing the currently used and outdated IPv4 protocol.

The aim of this chapter is to:

  • Provide an overview of IPv6
  • Provide an understanding of the reasons why IPv6 is replacing IPv4
  • Explain the implications of changing from IPv4 to IPv6
  • Show how to modify the applications you have been working with to use IPv6


IPv6 is the next generation Internet addressing and routing protocol. IPv6 has been in development since the mid-1990s as a replacement for the existing and increasingly limited IPv4.IPv4 began its life as a protocol that formed the basis of the Internet and was standardized in 1980.

IPv6 allows the addressing of Internet-capable ...

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