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IPv6

Enabling and Disabling IPv6 on PCs

Overview

IPv6 is the next generation of Internet transport protocol. Most Internet traffic today uses IPv4. However, IPv6 Internet traffic is growing rapidly, and it will eventually supersede and replace IPv4. All key components of the University network infrastructure support both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic

These instructions explain how to enable and disable IPv6 on PCs running the latest versions of Windows, MacOS, and Red Hat Linux.

PittNet (Wired): Enabling and Disabling Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) on PCs

Overview

The University has begun enabling support for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), which is one of two versions of the Internet Protocol that is used to carry Internet traffic. Every device that is connected to a network and uses the Internet Protocol for communication acquires a unique number known as an IP address.   

The number of available IPv4 addresses will soon be exhausted. In many parts of the world, they have already been exhausted.