The IPv4 to IPv6 Converter Tool is provided to convert any specific IPV4 address into an equivalent IPV6 Address as: IPV6 compressed, IPV6 expanded shortened, IPV6 expanded.
What is an IP address?
An Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) is a 32-bit (IPV4) or 128-bit (IPV6) number that identifies a network device on a network and helps them identify and communicate with each other. In a network model, each IP address is unique to only one network device. Therefore IP Address also has the purpose of data navigation. It is used by source and destination servers to transfer data within the computer network. Please imagine IP address as your home address, or the address of a building for others to identify.
Differences between IPv4 and IPv6 ?
- IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4)
IPv4 is the current generation of IP Address we use today which includes 32 bits. IPv4 is represented by a series of 4 parts separated by 4 dots. Each part is called an octet and has 8 bits of data.
Example of IPv4: 188.8.131.52
- IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6)
IPv6 is developed based on IPv4 platform in order to fulfill the limitation of IPv4 (only 4.3 billion unique addresses). With a length of 128 bits of data, IPv6 has 2.56 billion billion of IP addresses, much more than IPv4.
Example of IPv6: 0:0:0:0:0:ffff:34c4:3ab4
Why is it necessary to convert IPV4 to IPV6?Due to the booming development of networks and Internet services, IPV4 resources gradually exhausted, and also revealed the limitations to the development of modern services on the Internet. The new version of the IPV6 Internet address is designed to replace the IPV4 version, with two basic purposes:
- Replace the exhausted IPV4 resources to continue Internet activity.
- Overcoming the disadvantages in the design of IPV4 addresses.
IPV6 Address brings a lot of benefits when using the same IPV4 Address in its IPV6 variant. IPV6 helps increase the level of security, better routing support and simpler configuration than IPV4. The IPV6 address is designed to be a better structure with two data fields, helps identify the priority of the packets better, and increases the quality of service.
You need see how your IPv4 address would be represented in the new IPv6 protocol. This can aid network administrators who are migrating IPv4 to IPv6 networks and wish to preserve IPv4 addressing for compatibility and/or tracking purposes.