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INTERMAX LEADING THE MIGRATION FROM INTERNET PROTOCOL VERSION 4 (IPv4) TO IPv6

Infrastructure upgrades to benefit area customers

Everything connected to the Internet – your phone, your laptop, your smart TV – has a unique number called an IP (Internet Protocol) address that other devices use to communicate with it. The number and types of devices using the Internet have increased dramatically in recent years and, as a result, address space for these devices is being rapidly exhausted.

To support the high-demand, high-bandwidth applications that fuel today’s internet users, Intermax is investing millions of dollars to upgrade its infrastructure to deliver IPv6 connectivity.

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Why a new internet protocol is happening?

As we all know, technology changes daily. The number and types of devices using the Internet have increased dramatically in recent years and, as a result, address space for these devices is being rapidly exhausted. Today’s technology for IP addresses is referred to as IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4). The next generation of IP address space is IPv6, which contains many more features like enhanced security, and a virtually limitless number of addresses.

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Much like letters and packages transported by the postal service, each computer or device connected to the Internet must have a unique address, called an IP (internet protocol) address. Data transported over the internet must have the addresses of the device it came from and the one it’s going to.

When you consider that there are over 7 billion people in the world, and many people have more than one connected device (smartphone, tablet, TV, etc.), it is not surprising that 4.3 billion addresses is not enough. Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) replaces IPv4. This newer version of IP has more than enough addresses to serve all IP networking needs for the foreseeable future. IPv6 is therefore vital to the continued growth of existing IP networks and the creation of new IP networks.

IPv4 vs IPv6

IPv4 uses a 32-bit addressing scheme to support 4.3 billion devices, which due to the accelerated growth of the Internet, smartphones, computers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, is no longer enough. That’s where IPv6 comes into play – originally engineered in 1998 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IPv6 utilizes 128-bit addressing to support upwards of 340 trillion trillion trillion devices. Thus, the migration from the world of IPv4 to IPv6 has officially begun.

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IPv4 vs IPv6

IPv4 uses a 32-bit addressing scheme to support 4.3 billion devices, which due to the accelerated growth of the Internet, smartphones, computers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, is no longer enough. That’s where IPv6 comes into play – originally engineered in 1998 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), IPv6 utilizes 128-bit addressing to support upwards of 340 trillion trillion trillion devices. Thus, the migration from the world of IPv4 to IPv6 has officially begun.

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WHAT ARE THE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF IPv6?

When compared to its predecessor, IPv6 provides:
• Increased security
• More efficient packet management
• Improved overall performance
Without IPv6, user experience will eventually be impacted. Programs will begin to slow down and devices will have a hard time communicating with each other, impacting things like internet speed and services like Voice over IP and web conferencing.

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ARE YOU ALREADY USING IPv6?

The simplest way to tell if you are already using IPv6 is to visit a website like testmyipv6.com which enables you to connect to it in different ways. If you can’t connect via IPv6, it’s either because your router doesn’t support it, your operating system is too old, or your ISP has not yet enabled the connections.

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ARE YOU ALREADY USING IPv6

The simplest way to tell if you are already using IPv6 is to visit a website like testmyipv6.com which enables you to connect to it in different ways. If you can’t connect via IPv6, it’s either because your router doesn’t support it, your operating system is too old, or your ISP has not yet enabled the connections.

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HOW WILL THE IPv6 UPGRADE AFFECT MY SERVICE?

The good news is, you won’t need to do anything in order to continue to enjoy your existing Intermax services. During the 6 week upgrade window you may experience an outage. Simply reboot your router and you should be back in action. Other than a brief outage maybe in the middle of the night, as IPv6 integration takes place, you won’t notice a change in your internet experience.

Your ability to access the internet will not change as a result of this network upgrade. All the content that is currently available to you via IPv4 will continue to be available. When the network upgrade is complete and if you have an IPv6 capable router, you will be able to view both IPv4 and IPv6 content.