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Goodbye to the 1st generation of IP's…its been an amazing start!

March 14, 2011

Goodbye to the 1st generation of IP's…its been an amazing start! Goodbye to the 1st generation of IP's…its been an amazing start! Goodbye to the 1st generation of IP's…its been an amazing start!

Probably not many of you reading this still think of Internet as a finite medium. Everyday we have more and more reasons to believe that its reach is infinite and we are only at the beginning. Yet, back in the day, around the year 1980 (prehistoric stone age for the fast fly tech era), when the internet was only an “experiment”, Vint Cerf created a little thing called the "web protocol" which connects computers (and now any type of device connected to the internet) globally, the IPv4.

This is the number address that is given to your device and usually looks like this: IP 10.11.49.56
There are about 4 billion other possible number combinations of this IP number. This has been fine for the first 30 years of internet, after all its 4 BILLION… yet, inevitable everything comes to an end, as does the first generation of “experimental” four billion IP's…

 As of February the IPv4 address free pool was officially depleted (see the official statement here).

What does this mean and how will it affect you?? Probably not much. But here at MG-I we find this interesting, funny and to be true, are quite awed by the size of the next generation of IP’s…. Presenting IPv6.

IPv6

Where IPv4 only had 4 billion addresses, IPv6 has a maximum of:
340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 numbers. I actually don’t know how to even say this number. Is this what they call a gazillion??

An IPv4 address looks like this:
10.11.49.56

An IPv6 address will look like this:
2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

Dont' worry, it's still going to take some time for the IPv6 to really install itself in our everyday tech lives, plus there are still enough allotments of IPv4 to carry on the transition to IPv6 and give us some time to adjust. Or at least find out how to name that big crazy gazillion number.