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IP addresses make the Internet work. Every PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, router and games console connected to the Internet or your LAN has an IP address. The current system for numbers IP devices is called IPv4 and it's full up - it allowed for just over 4 billion unique addresses and we've already well exceeded that. Address sharing (NAT) has save us thus far but a new system is needed - that system is called IPv6, a new numbering scheme for the Internet. It's here now and already running on the Internet; now every ISP and web host needs to support it and then all end user networks need to support it so that the Internet can continue to grow and usability is no longer compromised.

Real World IPv6 is a concise book, intended to give a thorough overview of IPv6 from the point of view of anyone running their own network, in a small to medium enterprise (SME) or a SoHo (Small or Home office). The book explains what IPv6 is and the issues and challenges which you will need to consider in implementing it. It's not a reference book or a technical dissection; it takes you through the concepts and issues step-by-step in clear language. The book doesn't pull apart RFCs and have pages of protocol tables - it's about understanding IPv6 and what you need to know.

The content of this book is manufacturer agnostic; the concepts and issued covered apply equally to equivalent products from all vendors. IPv6 can be a huge topic if you consider all of the deep technical aspects - factors and information which the average user simply doesn't need to know about so. The book deliberately doesn't list pages of RFCs or take apart the packet headers.

Real World IPv6 is aimed at the typical SME sysadmin - what we believe you need to know to implement IPv6, understand its advantages and even help decide when you need to implement it.

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