IPV6 and its importance

What is IPV6 and why is it important? Also, how is it different from IPV4? It’s one of those terms that I always see when looking at router solutions, but never understand.

Hi Jack

IP addresses to, keep it simple, are effectively the address that data (1’s and 0’s) needs to travel from A to B.

This has been the case since pretty much the beginning of the internet. One small problem with this is that no 1 IP can be the same meaning there is a limited amount of IPs (4.3 billion approximately).

Over the years, IPv4 addresses have become less available and recently they have become almost impossible to obtain without going through 3rd party sources. Therefore, IPv6 was created as a solution to this shortage as it will take (according to recent reports) 480 years for IPv6 addresses to run out.

There is no real difference between IPv4 and IPv6 except its format.

IPv6: 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

Hope this helps!

Very informative, thanks for your help!