Ipv4 vs Ipv6

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David Wells
Intro to Linux Networking
Final Paper
As some may already know every device that connects to the internet has a IP address. Most people don’t know where the IP address came from though. When the internet was created one would assume that IP address soon followed, however that is not the case. IP didn’t exist for a few years after the internet was unleashed on th the world. The original functions of IPv4 addresses were a part of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). As a formal protocol, IP was “born” when an early version of TCP developed in the 1970’s. This happened when predecessors of the internet were split into four layers, IP being the third layer.
The key milestone in the development of the Internet
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With IPv6 slowly integrated into our systems, time will heal the wounds and the internet will be stronger, faster, and more reliable.
With even more addresses available, sub netting will be a thing of the past, until we start to run low on these new IPv6 addresses. Then what?
Well, I can assure you that mysterious people, in lab coats and bright lit computer labs are hard at work trying to come up with the next version of IP. What do you think it will be? IPv7? IPv9? I am not sure, but I am excited to find out.
Until that day comes I will fondly remember the days of IPv4, Sub Netting, and worrying whether or not the servers will have enough addresses to give out to new users. I will however fully embrace the days of IPv6. More addresses for everyone, no need to worry if we will run out with the next device that comes out. With everyone having a phone, desktop, laptop, tablet, and now watch that can connect to the internet, we are indeed in desperate need for more addresses. Thankfully with the deployment of IPv6 we will have nothing to worry

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