This calculator slash converter can assist in the conversion of IPv4 type IP numbers to IPv6 notation.
IPv6 vs IPv4 Comparison
This table gives a breif look at the major differences between IPv6 and IPv4.
The IPv4 vs IPv6 Comparison:
|Address Format||32 Bits Dotted Decimal Notation.||128 Bits Hexadecimal Notation.|
|Number of Addresses||232||2128|
|Subnetting||Subnet identified by subnet mask.||Subnet identified within the address.|
|Routing Protocols||RIP, RIPv2, EIGRP||RIP, RIPv2, EIGRP|
|Classfull / Classless||Classful and Classless.||Classless Addressing Scheme.|
|Address Configuration||Static, DHCP||Stateless Autoconfiguration, DHCP v6.|
|Broadcast Address Types||Multicast / Broadcast||Anycast|
|Header Length||20 bytes||40 bytes|
What is IPv6?
Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is a version of the Internet Protocol (IP) that is designed to replace Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4).
The Internet operates by transferring data in small packets that are routed across networks as specified by an international communications protocol known as the Internet Protocol.
Each data packet contains two numeric addresses that are the packet’s origin/destination devices. Since 1981, IPv4 has been used version of the Internet Protocol, and it is currently the foundation for most Internet connections.
The Internet’s growth has created a need for more addresses than IPv4 can offer.
IPv6 allows approximately 340 undecillion addresses, but switching from IPv4 to IPv6 may be a difficult process.