IPv6 becomes a full Internet Standard

14 Jul 2017

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has published RFC 8200, making the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) a full Internet Standard. As explained on the Internet Society’s website, although IPv6 was already defined in RFC 2460 (updated by several other RFCs), this was a draft standard. What IETF did with RFC 8200 was to combine these many RFCs defining the IPv6 specification, into a single RFC, together with an Errata. So, technically speaking, there are no changes in the IPv6 specifications themselves, but IPv6 is now a full Internet Standard, defined in a single RFC.

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Internet Protocol numbers (IP numbers) are unique numeric addresses that all devices connected to the Internet must have. Generally speaking, two devices connected to the Internet cannot have the same IP number.

 

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