What’s My Address?

by Jonathan F

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The article explains that users of the internet continue to grow throughout the world. Networks and the internet have expanded so much in the lives of people that the unique addresses used on devices  connected to networks and the internet are running out. The current IP (Internet Protocol) is IPv4 that is used to assign a address to any device that connects to the internet or a network. The devices that use IP are laptops, tablets, printers, scanners, and mobile phones. The exact time of when we will reach the last address is unknown, but it is approaching. The solution to the problem is a new version of internet protocol called IPv6 which offers a greater amount of addresses that will last for years to come. New devices that have come into the market have been designed to be compliant with both IPv4 and IPv6 with a small update of their firmware. The problem is that there are many legacy systems still being used that only comply with IPv4 and would not be able to comply with IPv6. It may not be a major problem for years because Ipv4 will continue to be used, but eventually a transition must occur. Although the transition has begun it has been moving at a very slow pace because people are concerned about network security issues that may arise during a transition from IPv4 to Ipv6.  The article also states that many in the security market are concern that the ability to process large volumes of data at high speed will be affected. They use network hardware to accelerate networks that use IPv4, but network vendors are currently only supporting IPv6 through software. That means that it is feasibly for them to continue to use IPv4. The full transition will eventually have to happen. Businesses must continue to plan their transition because they may need to update their equipment which could be costly.

The article deals with the topics that we discussed this week. It explains that the internet has continued to grow throughout  the world. It has become something that may people use every day, especially businesses. I thought that the article also showed that technology advances have to be implemented through a slow transition because businesses are reluctant to change protocol, equipment, or software that has work for them.

The class lecture showed me how IP and IP address work and how they are used to help deliver packets of information to devices. But the article helped me further realize how important the Internet Protocol really is, especially in this information age. The number of devices connected to networks and the internet will only continue to grow, which mean that we will need IPv6 for new addresses.


Citation: Bedwell, Patrick, Savitz, Eric (2011, May) The Next Web Gold Rush: IPv6. Forbes, p43-43, 1p.  Retrieved September 30, 2011, from Business Source Premier database: http://0-web.ebscohost.com.opac.library.csupomona.edu/ehost/detail?sid=322ad572-e409-44c6-baa2-     247e1168048d%40sessionmgr110&vid=1&hid=125&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=buh&AN=65258455



One thought on “What’s My Address?

  • October 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Yes, any device that connects to the Internet must have IP Address; therefore, it is very easy to track where you are if you use you device to connect to the internet. This is privacy issue; there is not privacy anymore. Fortunately, we can solve this issue by hiding our IP Address. Follow is the URL of the website that I think you may want to check it out.

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