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Web Address System Faces Changes; We Will Run Out of IPv4 Domains by 2011

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Someone with a lot of spare time and a calculator determined the exact amount of time until we run out of web domains as we know them. By the year 2011, there will simply not be any room on the internet for any more websites the way we know them. Technologically speaking, every web address, or URL, has to be translated by a master server into an IPv4 address, which is a long string of numbers, much like many license plates on automobiles. Now that everyone is making their own website, we're starting to run low on figurative license plates. By 2011, all possible combinations of numbers will be used up. Thankfully, *nix geeks have already thought up the solution: make a new IP version. IPv6 has room for a lot more addresses, and is already in the middle of being adopted to the master server of IP addresses. Eventually, routers and operating systems will need upgrading, because anything that can't read IPv6 will not be able to visit IPv6 websites or view IPv6 content. However, the master geeks over at the master server have assured us all that such grandiloquent upgrades are a long way off.

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they cant just "put more up", in ip4 there are 4,294,967,296 available addresses.. including all of the reserved, private, experimental, etc address space. That's a HUGE Number.. until you think about it.. Every device connected to the internet needs a unique IP, Cellphones, Computers, Routers, Switches, some TV's, Game Consoles, some newer vehicles, etc. Subnetting and supernetting helps.. but its really just buying time.
 

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there is just so much waste with ipv4 adresses .. we have like 30 of them available and allocated for our own use even though we dont use most of them
 
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"Eventually, routers and operating systems will need upgrading"

I smell Speed :D.....
 
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Eliminate the 100's of millions of *p o r n* sites and I am sure we would have plently of IP's then. :nutkick:

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Doesnt Vista already have support for IPv6?
 
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Darn, I should get a cookie! I was talking about this potential problem over a decade ago, and also brought it up here at TPU once or twice.

A good portion or percentage of these addresses were allocated to monopolies back in the early 80s and to force them to relinquish would be a bit of a mess. The 'make your own web domain' boom has been a major factor too, as the article pointed out.

Alas, the IPv6 will take care of the issue, it's just not as easy to change over or implement as we'd like it to be.
 
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Eventually, routers and operating systems will need upgrading, because anything that can't read IPv6 will not be able to visit IPv6 websites or view IPv6 content.
Well this is an absurd, IPv6 is made to work with IPv4, actually every IPv4 address has tons of IPv6 addresses reachable through 6to4. Yes eventually ipv4 will die, but your routers will die from old age sooner...
 

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there is just so much waste with ipv4 adresses .. we have like 30 of them available and allocated for our own use even though we dont use most of them
Do you mean theres 30 different names for this website that we can put in our browser and get routed to this site? What are the other names for this site as an example?
 

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He's talking about ipv4 addresses (ipv4 adress example might be 213.162.1.15), probalby they have /27 subnet assigned to them, in every subnet there is first and last unusable address that means 2^(32-27)-2=32-2=30, they use only some of these addresses for actual servers, others are free aka not-used :)
 
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What does this mean for routers? Firmware upgrade or new hardware needed? If behind a router, I assume old infrastructure on LAN with NAT will be fine.
 

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It really depends on the router. ie, my Linksys WRT54GL wireless router runs linux, modern enough to support ip6tables, so ipv6 is one install away :) and some config... Some hardware routers wont get ipv6 due to complex hardware-software ties (corporate mostly), some due to the fact that manufacturers simply wont bother with firmware upgrade and instead joyfully offer you another model :banghead:
 

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Eliminate the 100's of millions of *p o r n* sites and I am sure we would have plently of IP's then. :nutkick:

Joe
.....somebody dosnt know much about the net!!!!

far from less prOn sites there are more and more popin up ever year, prOn is the biggist $ maker on the internet!!!

that said if you tryed to remove them you would get arse raped by alot of perverts.....including many here on tpu :p

and AFIK its not linux geeks that invented IPv6 it was a group of just plain geeks, check wikipedia for more info on ipv6, honestly i dont see the issue currently, i have already seen some stuff in ipv6

example!!!!

start>run>telnet:towel.blinkenlights.nl

that supports ipv6 if its installed on your os, if not install ipv6 support :D

its kool, starwars in ASCII!!!!