Since its introduction in 1983, IPv4 has been the standard protocol for internet routing, however with the vast expansion of the internet, we have started to run out of the simple binary 32-bit IPv4 addresses. To solve this issue, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) developed the IPv6 protocol and it has been established as an Internet Standard in July of 2017. Its length is much larger at 128-bits, making it nearly impossible to reach address exhaustion. IPv6 also came with many advantages over IPv4, about which you can read here.
Now we will demonstrate how to setup IPv6 on Windows operating systems.
- Open “Run” by clicking the windows key and R key at the same time. Type: ncpa.cpl into the opened Run window and click Enter.
- Right click on the desired network and click on “Properties”
Please Note: You will need administrator level access to change the properties
- Under the “Networking” tab scroll down and double-click on “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
- In the opened window, input the configuration for your IPv6 and click “OK”
Your IPv6 is now setup, and you could test it by pinging it from cmd of another windows machine.