IPv4 – Out of Addresses, But Out of Value As Well?

So, like every finite thing, it had to come to an end.

We are talking about the availability of IP addresses, generated as per IPv4 system.

Before we further delve into details, for those of you who don’t know what IP address is, we’re giving you a crash course.

What is IP Address?

In simple terms, it’s the address of your device that you use to connect to the internet. After all, internet is a large world on its own and therefore, it is only logical for everyone part of this world to have an identity—an address.

How will you receive and send a mail if you don’t have a physical address?

Similarly, you need to have an IP address to access, share and receive information on the internet.

What is IPv4 System?

IPv4 system is a system that generates an IP address. The IP address is then assigned to a device accessing the internet. That computer, smartphone or tablet you are using to read this article – each has its own IP address generated through a IP system.

What’s the Build-Up?

Being a generator of addresses, the IPv4 system must use a standard to roll out different IP addresses. That standard being a 32-bit addressing system. Similar to every other character generating system, you can only get a finite set of unique character strings, the number of addresses that could be generated through IPv4 system were also limited.

How limited? 4294967296 to be precise—that is, 4.29 billion approximately.

This means that when the number of devices on the internet exceeds the above figure, any new entrant in the internet world would not have an IP address.

As of April, 2017, there were 3.8 billion internet users. The list of IPv4 addresses has nearly depleted, if not completely depleted.

But, the important people—the government of the internet—saw it coming. In fact, they expected the IPv4 addresses to run out of stock by the end of 2012. They worked towards finding a solution and have already come up with.

IPv6 – The New Version of the IP system

This new IP system uses 128-bit addressing system to generate IP addresses. To quantify, that equals trillion-trillion-trillion.

The problem gets solved. Everyone will have an IP address—even in the future.

While the existing users who already have IPv4 addresses, they can willingly migrate to a IPv6 address whenever they want.

Does this mean that IPv4 is outnumbered AND outvalued?

Is It Over for IPv4?

Not really. It still has value; in fact, great value—currently more valuable than a IPv6 address.

The reason is simple.

IPv6 adoption is still not mainstream. Therefore, a web hosting customer would never take the risk of switching to IPv6 when its own customers are still using an IPv4 address. And, in the web industry, the general rule of thumb is: don’t go after something until 95% of the people have already adopted it.

The question then comes in:

What if the consumer ISPs drop their support for IPv4?

The answer is why would they, when the majority of web hosts will be using IPv4 for a foreseeable future. They don’t have any financial incentive.

Furthermore, regarding early adopters, who are making a move to IPv6; imagine the demand it would create for their current IPv4 address as the majority would still be using it. They can sell their IPv4 address for a hefty amount.

So, IPv4 may have been outnumbered, but it still has a high value.

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