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    What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    I agree with predictions that we'll have total IPv4 exhaustion, workarounds nonwithstanding, around 2011 or 2012. If I understand correctly, this is also an internet problem; not strictly a web problem (e.g. no usenet). Basically my question is this: If all IPv4 addresses have been used, what happens when I try to connect to the net?
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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    I think that address leases will go up in price, and ISPs will convert to network address translation.

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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Or you could convert to IPv6, and hope that company's convert their servers to accommodate IPv6 access.

    As for the Network Address Translation, that, like everything else they've tried, is just a workaround.

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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin2128 View Post
    I agree with predictions that we'll have total IPv4 exhaustion, workarounds nonwithstanding, around 2011 or 2012. If I understand correctly, this is also an internet problem; not strictly a web problem (e.g. no usenet). Basically my question is this: If all IPv4 addresses have been used, what happens when I try to connect to the net?
    its just the same scenario as the y2k thingy....
    everyone will think the internet will end... cease to exist... while ISPs are already prepared (i.e. the issues are not as great as we think.) Besides, a lot of backbone providers such as Cogent have gotten ipv6 already. Since ISPs go on the backbone, it won't be hard to get ipv6.

    In fact, I have it already (dual stack) . (not through a tunnel broker, I have a T1 line (2 bonded together) at home)
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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    its just the same scenario as the y2k thingy....
    everyone will think the internet will end... cease to exist... while ISPs are already prepared (i.e. the issues are not as great as we think.) Besides, a lot of backbone providers such as Cogent have gotten ipv6 already. Since ISPs go on the backbone, it won't be hard to get ipv6.

    In fact, I have it already. (not through a tunnel broker, I have a T1 line (2 bonded together) at home)
    It's great that some are, but plenty of ISPs aren't going IPv6, and aren't planning to any time soon.
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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    its just the same scenario as the y2k thingy....
    everyone will think the internet will end... cease to exist... while ISPs are already prepared
    Not even close. We were aware of Y2K well in advance and people actually did something about it. This time, we've been aware of IPv4 exhaustion for a long time now, but very few people have actually done anything.

    In fact, I have it already. (not through a tunnel broker, I have a T1 line (2 bonded together) at home)
    You're in the minority, probably because you have a T1. I personally don't know anyone that has a T1 in their house. Most people are still on IPv4.
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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Quote Originally Posted by sandyd View Post
    Besides, a lot of backbone providers such as Cogent have gotten ipv6 already. Since ISPs go on the backbone, it won't be hard to get ipv6.

    In fact, I have it already.
    What does it mean to "get" ipv6, or to "have" it? Does that mean you have an ipv6 IP address? If an ISP "has" ipv6, does that mean you can't visit ipv4 IP addresses?

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    Re: What will actually happen in the event of total IPv4 exhaustion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sporkman View Post
    What does it mean to "get" ipv6, or to "have" it? Does that mean you have an ipv6 IP address? If an ISP "has" ipv6, does that mean you can't visit ipv4 IP addresses?
    It means you're on a network (i.e. your isp's network) that uses IPv6

    You can still reach IPv4 networks, since your ISP will provide routing, tunneling and address translation to make the newtwork transparant to you / your computer

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