What is IPv6?

IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) address standard intended to supplement and eventually replace IPv4, the protocol most Internet services use today. Every computer, mobile phone and any other device connected to the Internet needs a numerical IP address in order to communicate with other devices.  The original IP address scheme, called IPv4, is running out of numbers.  Please see the Internet Society IPv6 Fact Sheet or  our IPv6 Basics page for more information and background on IPv6.  Our list of IPv6 statistics sites can also show you the most recent trends in growth of IPv6 usage.

You may want to begin with our “Where Do I Start?” page where we have guides for:

How can I learn the basics of IPv6?

Beyond some of the links on our “IPv6 Basics” page, you may find these ebooks helpful:

How do I make my website and other content available over IPv6?

You can start with our IPv6 recommendations for content providers and specifically these resources:

How do I get my network on IPv6?

The short answer is: 1) ask your Internet Service Provider (ISP) if they can give you IPv6 addresses (you can start by seeing if they are on this list); and 2) check that your equipment supports IPv6. Most operating systems (and even mobile phones) and most network devices do support IPv6, but some equipment, particularly “consumer” devices, and some applications may not.  We have several resources relating to transition technologies that you may find helpful, including:

We encourage you to look at the links in the left side bar and also the lists of resources below to learn more about how you can make the move to IPv6.

Have suggestions for other questions you’d like to see us answer here? Please let us know!

More resources

Browse the links below to find the information you need to deploy IPv6 on your networks today.

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September 23rd, 2011 by | Posted in |

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