Monday, June 04, 2012

IPv6 Transition, are you ready?

On June 6th 2012 the Internet will begin making the transition to IPv6 and many companies will permanently enable IPv6 on their main websites. The participants include Google, Facebook, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo!, AT&T, Comcast, Free Telecom, Internode, KDDI, Time Warner Cable, XS4All, Cisco and D-Link. Last year on June 8th the first test called "World IPv6 Launch" was successful and marks a turning point for the Internet as we know it.

IPv6 is the next generation protocol for the Internet and holds several advantages over IPv4. The most important factor is a larger address space that contains 128 bits compared to 32 bits in IPv4. Simply put the Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses and IPv6 is necessary to ensure everyone gets an IP address to get out to the Internet. In addition to additional IP addresses, IPv6 brings enhanced QoS (Quality of service) for IP telephony, video/audio and gaming. Mobile environments also offer enhanced stability of the network by preserving your mobile IP even if your location changes.

If you don't have IPv6 support yet don't worry, companies will still offer IPv4 support for the time being so you won't just lose Internet connectivity. To find out if your equipment supports IPv6 visit Test your IPv6 Connectivity. In the mobile 3G/4G area Peplink is the only manufacture that's offering routers that support IPv6 at this time. Not every ISP currently supports IPv6 and you can check if your operator supports IPv6 here - Click: IPv6 Operators