Video: Today’s Internet Is Different From Yesterday’s One

No, the title above isn’t some grand statement—it’s meant to be taken literally. For years, we’ve all been using Internet Protocol version 4, whose address system only allows about 4.3 billion IP addresses. As of today, Internet Protocol version 6, under constrcution since 1996, has been implemented—without a hitch, too, apparently—allowing for 32-digit IP addresses. That equates to 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses, a number we won’t reach, probably ever unless an “internet for objects” really does happen.

Peep the video above for a technical breakdown.

[via Engadget and Gizmodo]

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