IPv6 is slowly gaining traction. Do you think it will eventually replace IPv4?

IPv6 is slowly gaining traction. Do you think it will eventually replace IPv4?

  • No, IPv4 is future-proof

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IPv4Vinny

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When IPv4 emerged, no one could have imagined the scale of the internet today. Unsurprisingly, as the internet expanded, the pool of unallocated IPv4 addresses drained fast, and in 2011, IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) officially exhausted its IPv4 free pool.

This led to the introduction of IPv6 in 1998. IPv6 was designed to solve the address exhaustion problem by offering an astonishing number of IP addresses (2128 or about 3.4×1038). However, even today, less than 1% of internet traffic is carried over IPv6.

To compare IPv4 vs. IPv6, we need to look at how these Internet Protocols emerged, what benefits they offer and what the main differences between IPv4 and IPv6 are.
 

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I dont think so, not in nearest 20 years. Many things could happen during this time.
 

Kaz Wolfe

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Yes, it is expected that IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4 as the dominant Internet Protocol. The increasing number of internet-connected devices and the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses are driving the adoption of IPv6. While the transition to IPv6 is a gradual process, more and more internet service providers and websites are supporting IPv6, leading to a slow but steady increase in its usage. In the long run, IPv6 is expected to become the standard for all internet communications, replacing IPv4.
 

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IPv6 will eventually replace IPv4.

IPv4 supports about 4.3 billion unique addresses. With the exponential growth of the Internet and the increasing number of devices connecting to it, this number will eventually be insufficient.

In contrast, IPv6 provides a much larger number of addresses (340 undecillion). This effectively eliminates the address exhaustion problem, making it an ideal solution for the future growth of the Internet.

The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 has been ongoing for several years and will continue for the foreseeable future.
 

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I completely agree with the statement. IPv6 is the next-generation internet protocol that is designed to address the limitations of IPv4. The increasing number of devices and services that are connected to the internet is driving the need for more IP addresses, and IPv6 provides a much larger pool of addresses than IPv4, making it the ideal solution for the future growth of the internet.

As the use of the internet continues to expand and new technologies emerge, IPv6 will play a crucial role in ensuring the stability, security, and scalability of the internet. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 is a complex process that requires coordination among various stakeholders, including service providers, equipment vendors, and end-users, but it is essential for the long-term growth and sustainability of the internet.
 
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