What would happen if the internet ran out of room?
Apparently there is supposed to be a transition from IPv4 to IPv6. However for the system to work, it will need the entire world to take part in it.
While in traditional engineering, telecommunications theory, and even the internet industry (which might not necessarily like engineering and telecommunications models for communication–such as the 7 layered model) expects this task to be carried out by governments, and major internet service providers for example.
However there some problems and resistance to the change over. Also there is suggestions that the public should be aware of what is going on–because there will be both advantages, and disadvantages to changing over to the new system.
The reason people have not been invited to these talks is because they are technical and involve in engineering terms, the lower level of the 7 layer model that most people should not normally concern themselves with–all the technical details involved in getting your data and communications from one point to another. In the modern world that can range from emails, online-games, Skype (video communications), cloud, surfing the internet, and many more things.
However, the internet has become important to us all, and we would like the chance to make contact with anyone in the world. Also a lot of businesses feel the same way. Perhaps we should take an interest in this process…
One of the many reason that IPv4 is running out of addresses is that we are using more, and more devices that have their own IP address (a sort of temporary website name made up of numbers if you like to think of it in another way). To name a few devices that can have their own IP address: computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad, and even household items such as the refrigerator.
Do we need an IP address–no! But it’s the system we have adopted, probably largely due to the telephone infrastructure–but please note that the people that developed the internet did not necessarily have the same aims as the telephone companies, control issues (needs that government and business have), and we are often ignorant of the technical issues, letting others handle it for us instead (and even to “pull the woll over our eyes” on occasions). The author doubts that a single article will change the world or the internet, so for the remainder of this article, the line that we need IPv6 be followed.
The other line that the author will not follow, is the idea that IPv6 has a set number of bits, and a variable number of bits should be used instead, expanding: depending on the IP address space we (the world) needs.
IPv6 provides a lot of extra IP addresses, and at the current technology level we have, it’s hard to imagine that the number of bits is too few. This is the line this article will follow.
Essentially every device will receive its own IP address under this system, this will mean you or your device will be identified (unless it’s intentionally hidden. Government, military, and some business networks for example may try to hide their IP addresses). This in turn, can give us a better way to address security issues–in theory.
Now that you are locked into a future using IPv6, lets take a look at one of those wonderful info-graphics that we have all come to love so much:
There is a lot to IPv6, and wiki goes into some of the details, so feel free to read that article also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6
Last edited in Jul 2013
Shortened link to article: Internet Protocol (IP) address standard Version 6 (IPv6) [article]: http://wp.me/p10Tww-2iA the internet is running out of room???
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