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If you find yourself in technology circles, periodically the mention of IPv6 will come about. What is IPv6? Well, up to now we have all managed to connect to each other using IPv4 using 4 groups of octets (yes, fancy name for a number no larger than 255)¬†separated by full stops. like 192.168.112.3, problem is these addresses are/have run/running (delete as applicable depending on who you listen to)¬†out. Thing is, an IPv6 address isn’t that user friendly to look at, I know I can’t memorize one and I consider myself to have a pretty reasonable memory. They kind of look like this, well in fact read this if you’re that interested. The addresses are given to any device that connects to the internet some addresses are private some aren’t the idea being that an address can be reached from any other address. IPv6 makes it so that the number of addresses will basically never run out, certainly not in my lifetime.

In order to make IPv6 work, there is a fair amount of new kit needed. Personally I just acquired a new router that supports IPv6, my thoughts were moving to the fact that one of my hosting providers just said that Europe is now running out of IPv4 addresses, apparently the US ran out in 2011, but they still seem to be onlne.

My point is, it might just be a good time to get an IPv6 router, the reason is, like how mysteriously gas prices go up in Winter, you can bet your life that an IPv6 router will hike up in price when IPv6 gets switched on officially.

If you do go ahead and get one, and you are a wireless user, check your kit and see if it supports the 5Ghz band as well as the more common 2.4Ghz band. The reason is anything that uses wireless is on the 2.4Ghz band and that means interference on your wireless connection, which means resends and which then means slower connection. The 5Ghz band has nothing else competing on it, ok it’s range is a little reduced but it’s not fighting with your cordless telephone. Just make sure ALL your kit supports the 5GHz band, all well having a router broadcasting it, but if nothing is listening then it’s not a good investment. You’ll know if you have kit that supports it because it will claim to be dual-channel or even quad-band, not sure how quad comes into it but that’s marketing departments for you. You will see 2 separate wireless networks appear and there you go.

Just one more thing, make sure that in wireless, you are using some encryption that isn’t WEP, WPA or WPA2 is better.

You can pitch your questions at me if you like, if I can answer them, I will if I can’t I’ll see if I can find someone who can.

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