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Introduction to IPv6

Given that the Internet is now a critical global infrastructure for socio-economic growth and is growing faster in developing countries, there are a number of key drivers for IPv6 migration to be accelerated in these nations. For example, IPv6 permits broader mobile Internet access, supports business growth, and opens the door to new services (specifically voice, video and other multimedia applications). As IPv4 exhaustion becomes more and more imminent, network operators across the globe are taking a closer look at transitioning to IPv6.

Overview

Given that the Internet is now a critical global infrastructure for socio-economic growth and is growing faster in developing countries, there are a number of key drivers for IPv6 migration to be accelerated in these nations. For example, IPv6 permits broader mobile Internet access, supports business growth, and opens the door to new services (specifically voice, video and other multimedia applications). As IPv4 exhaustion becomes more and more imminent, network operators across the globe are taking a closer look at transitioning to IPv6.

To assist in filling the knowledge gap, the Internet Society has developed these online tutorials to provide a brief primer for individuals who are interested in better understanding IPv6.

Who Should Take This Tutorial?

The target audiences for this tutorial are recent university graduates, network administrators, network engineers, and other parties with a working knowledge of IPv4 who are looking for a basic introduction to IPv6.

Modules

Given that the Internet is now a critical global infrastructure for socio-economic growth and is growing faster in developing countries, there are a number of key drivers for IPv6 migration to be accelerated in these nations. For example, IPv6 permits broader mobile Internet access, supports business growth, and opens the door to new services (specifically voice, video and other multimedia applications). As IPv4 exhaustion becomes more and more imminent, network operators across the globe are taking a closer look at transitioning to IPv6.

Module 1: Introduction to IPv6

This tutorial explains why we need to transition to IPv6, help you to read IPv6 addresses and prefixes, describes IPv6 improvements in routing and address assignments, and other information.

Module 2: Understanding IPv6 Addresses

This tutorial explains how to convert binary IPv6 addresses to hexadecimal, provides guidance on interpreting IPv6 prefixes, and describes the main IPv6 address types and their functions.

Module 3: Protocol, Neighbor Discovery, and SLAAC

This tutorial discusses the components of an IPv6 header, explains the process for IPv6 Neighbor Discovery, and describes how Stateless Address Auto Configuration (SLAAC) works.

Acknowledgements

With thanks to Niel Harper, Chris Grundemann (source materials), Megan Kruse, Toral Cowieson, Henri Wohlfarth, Day One Technologies

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