The latest internet protocol, IPv6, is due this summer, however this should not cause any lack of accessibility to websites for those using IPv4 equipment
Q I have just read about the World IPv6 Launch day, which is scheduled for 6 June 2012. I used a recommended program to test my setup for compatibility and I have discovered that my router does not support IPv6 connectivity.
Does this mean that after 6 June I will not be able to access the internet as fully as I do now? From what I’ve read it seems there will be sites that only support IPv6 and that I will not see these, thus reducing my access.
My internet service provider (ISP) says I can overcome this problem by buying a new router but I am paying for its top broadband service. It seems to me that if this is correct I would be better off by changing my service.
A We would have to devote several pages of the magazine to answer this question in detail (and indeed, we’ll do that as IPv6’s launch draws close – so look out for the article). So the short answer is that, for the near future at least, you have little to worry about.
When the IPv6 protocol launches later this year, IPv4 equipment will continue to work as normal. In the longer term – and we are talking years – it is possible that your router will be unable to access certain websites, so you may wish to consider a replacement.
If you object to having to spend this money then we’re sure that by the time it becomes a problem, all new routers – including those supplied by ISPs as part of a broadband package – will offer comprehensive support for IPv6.
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