What does IPv6 do and should i leave it on

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by daneoni, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. daneoni macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    I was just playing around with network preferences and noticed the IPv6 section. I heard a while agao that leaving this function off is wiser than leaving it on.

    I wanted to ask what it does and if i should leave it on.

    PS i have a 802.11B Router.
     
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

    benthewraith

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    Because of the growing amount of computers and servers, and fear of not having enough IP addresses in the not so distant future, IPv6 was rolled out.

    More can be found here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPv6

    :)

    And that's only a VERY brief glimpse into what IPv6 is all about.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    As to whether you can leave it on, it's a bit buggy and not implemented by all ISPs. Most likely leaving it on will be fine, but sometimes it can break your internet connection. Of course, turning it off immediately remedies this and it's pretty rare in the first place. :)
     
  4. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    Whilst my ISP supports it (i see some readings when i turn it on), i've decided to turn it off. Just to be safe.

    Thanks for all the replies.
     

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