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IPv6 – some guidance to the uninitiated

By Colin Walls

My contributions to continue apace and I endeavour to cover a wide spread of subjects. My latest piece, which I co-authored with my colleague Tammy Leino, covers a topic which has been discussed for some years, but which has come to the fore with the Internet of Things …

IPv6 – a beginner’s guide

The primary protocol used on the Internet is IP (Internet Protocol), which was developed in the 1980s. The version that has been used for many years is IPv4. The Internet has grown way beyond anything envisaged in those early days and, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), that rate of growth is not going to slow any time soon. It is unsurprising, therefore, that the original protocol is now rather stretched. Its address range is essentially exhausted and many of its ways of working are rather cumbersome. IPv6 was designed to address these and other issues. This article looks at the key features of IPv6 and the issues around its implementation in embedded systems.

Of course, regular readers will need no reminding that Nucleus RTOS has IPv6 support.

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