What is IPv6?

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Your digital identity is determined by your IP address. It's a network address for your computer that tells the Internet where to send emails, files, and other information.

Your IP address identifies who you are and where you are in the Internet's vast network of billions of digital devices.

IPv6, or Internet Protocol Version 6, is a network layer protocol that enables communication over the internet. Because of the exponentially rising number of internet users worldwide, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) established IPv6 in December 1998 with the goal of succeeding IPv4.

IPv6 Address Types:
Let's look at the different types of IPv6 addresses now that we know what they are.
  • Unicast addresses are addresses that are only used once.
  • It usually refers to a single sender or recipient and identifies a unique node on a network.
  • Addresses that are multicast
  • It represents a collection of IP devices and can only be used as a datagram's destination.
  • Addresses that can be used in anycast
  • It's associated with a group of interfaces that normally belong to various nodes.

IPv6 Reliability's Benefits:

  • Faster Speeds: In contrast to IPv4, IPv6 offers multicast rather than broadcast.
  • This feature allows bandwidth-intensive packet flows (such as multimedia streams) to be transmitted simultaneously to several destinations.
  • Stringer Security: IPv6 has IPSecurity, which offers secrecy and data integrity.
  • Efficiency in routing
  • It is, above all, the definitive solution for expanding nodes in the Global-network.

Disadvantages of IPv6 Conversion:

  • Due to the widespread use of IPv4, converting to IPv6 will take a lengthy time.
  • IPv4 and IPv6 machines are unable to connect directly with one another.
  • To do so, they'll require some sort of intermediary technology.