Introducing Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)

Although the Internet continues to expand, the current Internet Protocol (IP) version 4 (IPv4) can support a limited number of addresses. The increase in the number of hosts that are currently participating in forming the Internet has started causing a shortage as far as IP addresses are concerned. The fear of eventually consuming the entire IPv4 address space initiated the call for a new IP architectural model, which could fuel the need for future network growths.

IPv6, the next version of Internet Protocol, has been designed and developed so that it can help networks expand. The potential for increased address space is something around four billion times the size of the IPv4 address space. IPv6 ...

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