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Created : 19 October 2010

The end of ipv4 is near

It seems the amount of remaining addresses is getting a little low!



Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 06:44
Yeah it seems ISPs are being rather slow out the blocks on this.

I think the general consensus is that IPv6 is complex but its not really, just slightly different in the way it works (no such thing as a broadcast for example).

I don't know what the problem is, I would start moving all internal devices on to IPv6 and tunnel end users IPv4s through.

I have a google module on my igoogle page, ipv6.he.net/ says 228 days left until exhaustion.

IPv6 is awesome though, not sure it will impact the internet that much until folk realise its potential.

One thing it can do is IP sharing of sorts, multiple host have the same IP, google.com, microsoft.com for example and when you look up its IP it will get access the nearest server if say there are servers hosting them sites all over the world.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 06:56
It's like coal; it was supposed to run out in 2000 but they keep discovering pockets of it. I reckon we've got a little while yet.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010, 13:47
It's something that every single IP based multiplayer game will be screwed by. We really, as coders, should be thinking about this.
Having said that, there's feck all we can do, really.

Google'll come up with something!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010, 04:28
We should have already run out of IP4's, but thanks to things like network address translation it's still able to survive.

Moving to IPv6 has been ridiculously slow. It was first published over 10 years ago, so in technology terms it's a really old standard. But at least it means everyone now secretly supports IPv6 so the eventual switch over should be pretty smooth.

Death to!
Wednesday, 20 October 2010, 04:33
yeah becomes ::1

only problem is current home routers etc dont support IPv6 so will need a firmware update when they get round to it.

Its going to be fun fun fun
Friday, 22 October 2010, 15:51
If we do run out, what is going to happen is ISP's will quit giving you a top level IPs and assign you an IP behind a router. It'll be just like having your computer behind a home router, except that you wont get access to port forwarding. This could break some things.

I work at an ISP and everything IPv6 is stalled until our uplink providers support it. The big guys who run the backbone of the Internet have to switch over first. It's pretty complicated because a ton of IPv4 to IPv6 exchangers have to be implemented.
Friday, 22 October 2010, 17:51
They should probably pick a date, and try to get everyone ready for a big worldwide switchover..
probably fuck up the net for a day or two, but it's better than having the odd random server go wonko while they each do their own thing.
Saturday, 23 October 2010, 07:39
I work for an ISP too stealth

It seems like no one can be bothered, a sort of 'we will get round to it tomorrow, plenty of time left' attitude.