IPv6 has to do with IP (Internet Protocol) addresses for all devices that connect to the Internet, including laptops, smartphones, etc. Until recently, IP addresses were composed of 12-digit/32-bit numbers (and the system was known as version four, or IPv4) but with the explosive growth in the number of web-enabled devices, the world ran through the supply of about 4.3 billion addresses.
The solution? Create a new IP system that offers 16-digit/128-bit addresses with both letters and numbers. This new protocol is known as IPv6. Most operating systems (such as Windows) and major Internet players (like Google and Facebook) planned ahead and have been preparing for the new system, and fortunately, IPv4 and IPv6 devices are now working at the same time, but ultimately, all devices will need to transition to IPv6.
How can I prepare my home and small business?
Most homes and small businesses won't need to do much to prepare for IPv6, but to start, you should run a test on your computer or other Internet-enabled device(s). This test will not only tell you if your device and browser are ready, but also if your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is prepared for the new system. Once you run the test, you'll be able to find more information about making the change to the new protocol.
For more information about IPv6 and tips for making the transition, view this article by PCMag.
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