Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)

With more and more devices (computers, smartphones,printers etc) connecting, the Internet running out of addresses that can be used. In order to provide for expansion the 1980’s vintage IPv4 standard is being replaced by a new IPv6 128bit standard that will see us through for the foreseeable future.

The new addressing system is being trialed by some of the major players in the market such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and Facebook for one day to qualify the new equipment and firmware needed. However, IPv6 will be introduced over a number of years so the impact is not going to be immediate or expensive – routers will need updating in time. Upgrades for most home users and small networks will happen as their equipment requires normal updating. However, large corporate networks are going to need specific investment in new networking systems. In the travel industry, homeworking networks and multiple agency locations will need to pay particular attention to the issue in the next twelve to eighteen months.

If you have any questions please email: or call 01403 210630 with details of your computer network and we will arrange for our networks manager to give you a free evauluation of any likely impact of the issue may have on your business.