Internet Protocol version 6 is the sixth version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the main protocol used for communication over the Internet (IPv5 never became an official protocol). IPv6 was created in response to the depletion of available IPv4 addresses.

IPv6 addresses are 128-bit and can be represented in notation by 8 octets of hexadecimal digits, separated by a colon: for example, 2001:db8:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000. IPv6 addresses can be shortened if all the octets are 0000; for example, the previous address can also be written as 2001:db8::

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Bruce Davis

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Bruce has been working with computers, and related technology, since before the World Wide Web was a thing. He has worked in system and network administration. He has even dabbled in technical support. He has made the switch to technical writing as part of his deep, dark and dastardly plan to make the arcane machinations of IT technology more easily understood by the poor folks who use it. That, and the voices in his head told him it was good idea. Never argue with the voices in your head. People will start to stare.
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