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Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Fifth Edition by Mark Edward Soper, Terry W Ogletree

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CHAPTER 35. Introduction to the IPv6 Protocol

SOME OF THE MAIN TOPICS IN THIS CHAPTER ARE

What’s the Difference Between IPv4 and IPv6? 654

The IPv6 Headers 655

Other IPv6 Considerations 659

The Future of IPv6 659

The first Request for Comments (RFC) to define the next generation of the Internet Protocol (IP) was RFC 1883, “Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6) Specification,” published as a “standards track” RFC in 1995. When you consider that the Internet was expanding at a very rapid rate at that time (as it continues to do), it seemed a natural thing to develop a new version of IP to accommodate a larger address space, and to patch some holes in the current version of IP. Many other RFCs have been created since this original one. Specifically, ...

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