IPv6: FAQ


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What is IPv6?
IPv6 stands for Internet Protocol Version 6 and will be the eventual successor of IPv4. Its main purpose is to combat the issue of running out IP addresses worldwide. The end-user will not see very many benefits from the new internet protocol, as most of the changes are seen behind-the-scenes for ISPs (Internet Services Providers). 
 

Are we really about to run out of IP addresses?
LSU's campus itself is not in danger of running out of IP addresses as we just recently readdressed campus, but in the coming years, as more devices become network
accessible, we will begin to run short on IP addresses.
 

Am I really going to have to start using it soon?
No, you won't necessarily have to use IPv6 soon, but if you do find that you have it enabled, we do encourage that you try it out as eventually it will become
more prevalent.
 

Are ICANN and the US government really mandating IPv6?
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigning Names and Numbers, has been encouraging organizations and companies to begin to migrate to IPv6 since IPv4 addresses are becoming scarce.
 

Will I really need to configure my computer with addresses like "2607:f140:ffff:ffff:2a0:c9ff:fe9c:7291" just to get on the net?
No, if your computer or network attached device is IPv6 capable, it will receive an IPv6 automatically.
 

Is it true that IPv6 and IPv4 can't coexist?
No, LSU currently runs a dual-stack network meaning that IPv4 and IPv6 run simultaneously.
 

Do I really need a 64 bit OS to run IPv6?
No, IPv6 is able to run on Windows XP and certain versions of Linux that are not 64 bit operating systems.


Do I need Cat6 wiring for IPv6?
No, IPv6 will work with any physical medium that IPv4 works with.


Won't NAT just solve the problem?...wait, am I really going to have to run NAT everywhere?
NAT or Network Address Translation, was intended as a temporary solution to the shortage of addresses. It is important to realize that there are more reasons than just the shortage of addresses for IPv6, such as more efficient routing and improved security.


Is it true that IPv6 tunnels around firewalls and security devices?
No, IPv6 will behave the same as IPv4 does and will obey the same rules we enforce for IPv4 on campus.

 

Referenced from: Google.com

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