Important Note about IPv6 Availability.
It is important to know that not all of our services have IPv6 as an option. Mainly on the Cable internet side which is a very slow roll out with no ETA. The only service with full access is our DSL services. If you have Cable internet, even if you do happen to get an address for now, that may change at any time. As Cable internet is a Dynamic IP and subject to change including losing the address and unable to get it restored. We are working with our Vendor's and will update this note as changes happen.
What is IPv4 and IPv6?
There are two standards for IP addresses: IP Version 4 (IPv4) and IP Version 6 (IPv6). IPv4 has been the back bone of internet and network traffic for almost 30 years. IPv4 is capable of 4.3 billion individual addresses and the explosive growth of the internet is causing a depletion of IPv4 addresses. The majority of the IPv4 address have been assigned to the different ISPs out there. The internet and who accesses it is still growing. So IPv6 has been implemented to eventually replace IPv4. This will take many years to happen as there are a lot systems out there that use IPv4 and replacing all those addresses as not to cause any issues will take a long time.
IPv6 is the newest version of the Internet Protocol (IP) from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that is essentially an upgrade from IPv4. IPv6 is capable of 340 undecillion addresses (340 followed by 36 zeroes) allowing us to provide billions of public IP addresses to each of our customers. The sheer size of IPv6 – it could provide an single IP address for every grain of sand on the face of the planet. IPv6 addresses are represented as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits separated by colons, for example 2001:0db8:85a3:0042:1000:8a2e:0370:7334, but methods of abbreviation of this full notation exist. For example : 2031:0000:130F:0000:0000:09C0:876A:130B can be reduced to 2031:0:130F::9C0:876A:130B
Although TekSavvy is always happy to assist in any way we can, our support does have it's limits. IPv6 is a feature that although we provide on some services as we covered, we are not able to fully support it. We'll gladly determine the cause of any service issues even while using IPv6, however if it's found that without using IPv6 there are no longer any service effecting issues, our support will vary based on agents personal knowledge. If further assistance is required, we request you seek assistance in one of the many online forums that discuss, explain and walk you through the set up and use of IPv6.
How do I know if I am getting an IPv6 address?
The easiest way is through an IPconfig information or Ethernet information.
Windows: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt > “ipconfig /all”
Look for the IPV6 Address in the window.
MAC: Apple Button > System Preferences > Network > Ethernet