Despite clear warnings, Europe is out of IP addresses—again
I have long advocated moving to IPv6, to get around the IPv4 address shortage and have been using it myself for almost 10 years. What I find extremely irritating is the short sighted stupidity of those who don't move to IPv6, when it's readily available. What's even worse is some major ISPs that don't offer it yet. The IPv4 address shortage is real and not just in Europe. There is also a similar shortage in Asia, where people haven't a hope of getting a real public IPv4 address. Things are better in North America only because most of the address space was handed out to American businesses and other institutions.
Hanging on to IPv4 is not the answer. As it is, we have to use NAT to share addresses, which brings in it's own problems. One of the first problems to appear was with active mode FTP, which would not work with NAT. These days, we have things like VoIP
and games, which require the use of STUN
servers to get through NAT. It also breaks IPSec authentication headers
, so security is compromised.
Bottom line, the problems just keep piling up, when people insist on sticking with IPv4, when it hasn't been adequate since the day it became necessary to use NAT, to get around the address shortage.
Even if your ISP doesn't yet support IPv6, it is possible to use a tunnel to get it, as I did for the first 6 years. One tunnel provider is Hurricane Electric
Please move to IPv6 to end this nonsense. Insisting on sticking with IPv4 is short sighted and stupid.
I am on Rogers, which provides IPv6 over both cable and cell network. Teluss, Teksavvy and others
also provide it.
BTW, while many people around the world can't even get one public IPv4 address, I get a block 2^72 IPv6 addresses from Rogers. That's 4.72 x 10^21 all to myself!