Why IPv6 Matters

Simply said, a protocol is a set of rules governing how things work in a certain technology, so that there is some kind of standardization. IP protocol standardizes the way packets of information are transmitted over the web. Ever computer is assigned an IP address which is a unique address used to locate and identify a device over a network.

In cases where two machines are given the same IP address, packets won’t know where to go. This is known as IP conflict.

As we near the end of IPv4’s unique set of addresses, computers and servers across the world must be able to identify themselves to keep the flow of information going.

This graphic by our friends at Focus puts it all into perspective for us so we know why averting the IP address catastrophe is so important.

Click to enlarge.

Written by Connor Livingston

+Connor Livingston is a tech blogger who will be launching his own site soon, Lythyum. He lives in Oceanside, California, and has never surfed in his life. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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Joe
February 28th, 2011 at 8:30 am

Connor,

Please proof read your articles before posting. How can I hold value in the information you are providing if you can can not make sure a simple typo is fixed. If you did not take the time to proof your writing, what else did you not take the time to do? Third sentence of your 1st paragraph ” Ever computer is assigned an IP address….”. I stopped reading right there.

 

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