Each and every device that connects to the Internet is given its own unique address — known as an IP address. Unfortunately, as more and more devices connect to the Internet — such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and even some devices that you wear — the Internet has been running out of unique addresses. The Internet Protocol (IP), or the rules that govern how data transmits across the Internet, was formerly IPv4. The protocol has evolved into IPv6, which not only offers more possible IP addresses (trillions and trillions worth), but also comes with many other benefits.

IPv4 vs IPv6

Now, as a business owner, why should IPv4 vs IPv6 matter to you? Do you need to do anything in order to keep your business functioning? The answer is that, at least for the time being, if your system is running the IPv4 protocol, you don't need to do anything. It will continue to run, even as routers shift to IPv6. That being said, shifting your systems over to the new protocol can give your businesses some advantages.

The Benefits of IPv6

IPv6 not only improves how many devices can connect to the Internet, but also improves the performance of these connections, along with making them more secure. This means your devices will be able to connect to the Internet faster, while also becoming safer.

Upgrade Considerations

Switching your system over to the IPv6 protocol is usually not too complicated, but there are some factors that you need to keep in mind. Older computers are sometimes unable to make the change, and the same goes for older routers.

For more information about whether or not your business should make the switch to IPv6, contact TelWare at 1-800-637-3148 or sales@telware.com. TelWare is a national leader in the installation of voice, video, data and unified communication solutions. TelWare is an authorized Avaya, Star2Star and SimpleWAN dealer.

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