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Internet Protocol

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet.

IPv6 is an Internet Layer protocol for packet-switched internetworking and provides end-to-end datagram transmission across multiple IP networks, closely adhering to the design principles developed in the previous version of the protocol, Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4).

Advantages of Using IPv6

What makes IPv6 is greater than IPv4


01. IPv6 provides a substantially larger IP address space than IPv4

IPv6 uses 128 bits for IPv6 addresses which allows for 340 billion billion billion billion (3.4×1038) unique addresses. While IPv4 uses 32 bits for an IP address that allows “only” about 4 billion unique IP addresses.


02. IPv6 provides better end-to-end connectivity than IPv4

IPv6 with its large address space no longer requires NAT and can ensure true end-to-end connectivity. This means peer-to-peer applications like VoIP or streaming media can work very effectively and efficiently with IPv6.


03. IPv6 has better ability for autoconfiguring devices than IPv4

IPv6 offers automatic configuration and more importantly, simple configuration mechanisms. Known as plug-and-play autoconfiguration, these capabilities are way beyond what IPv4 currently offers.


04. IPv6 contains simplified Header Structures leading to faster routing as compared to IPv4

When compared to IPv4, IPv6 has a much simpler packet header structure, which is essentially designed to minimize the time and efforts that go in to header processing.


05. IPv6 provides better security than IPv4 for applications and networks

In IPv6, IPSec is a major protocol requirement and is one of the factors in ensuring that IPv6 provides better security than IPv4. IPSec contains a set of cryptographic protocols for ensuring secure data communication and key exchange.



06. IPv6 gives better Quality of Service (QoS) than IPv4

QoS is given a special boost in the IPv6 protocol with the IPv6 header containing a new field, called Flow Label field that defines how particular packets are identified and handled by the routers.

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