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What Is IPv6?

What is IPv6?

IPv6 or Internet Protocol version 6 is the replacement for IPv4. IPv4 has been exhausted. As IPv6 rolls out to replace IPv4, here's what you need to know.

What does an IPv6 address look like?

An IPv6 address contains eight groups of four hexadecimal digits with the groups being separated by colons. An example would be 2600:1005:b062:61e4:74d7:f292:802c:fbfd. IPv4 addresses look much different. An example IPv4 would be Four octets separated by decimals. Each octet ranges from 0 to 255. Comparing IPv4 to IPv6, it's easy to see how IPv6 offers substantially more available addresses. There are many other benefits to IPv6, but require a more in depth understanding of IP addresses and we don't want to bore you with our geek speak.

Can I avoid getting an IPv6 address?

Not sure why you would want to, but it could be possible. Your router or device used to connect to your ISP may have an option within the interface that turns off IPv6. Find this option, disable it, and see if your ISP assigns you an IPv4 address. This option is not available on all connecting devices. You'll need to research your make and model to determine if this is an option.

Why don't I have an IPv6?

This protocol is slowly replacing IPv4. It'll be up to your ISP as to when they start assigning these new addresses to their users.