October 11, 2016
Engineers have long focused their IPv6 adoption efforts on businesses, but individuals have much to gain by making the jump as well. Individual users can already connect to popular sites like YouTube, Yahoo and Netflix through IPv6 addresses. Nearly 20 percent of all Google users in the United States have already made the shift. This technology is also necessary for individuals who want to support home automation devices on a local network. Smart initiatives are quickly becoming important for homeowners, but IoT devices lack support for the traditional IPv4 networks that many people use.
Individuals who continue to use IPv4 technology are unable to take advantage of several key upgrades that come with IPv6 adoption. Security wasn’t an issue when IPv4 was developed, and firewalls using the technology can’t stop attacks from hackers using IPv6 tools. A number of widespread Internet blackouts happened around the world in August 2014 due to telecommunications routers that hit the 512K route mark. Users who don’t make the jump to IPv6 could be affected by similar problems in the near future. To learn more about IPv6 benefits, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering program.