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Global network: A map of the 2005 Internet shows IPv4 addresses connected by colored lines. The different colors represent domain types such as .com, .net, .gov, and .jp.

How will this affect you?

You probably won’t notice any difference. ISOC estimates that only 0.05 percent of users will have difficulty accessing websites such as Facebook, Google, or Yahoo on World IPv6 Day. For those unlucky few, the problem may lie with incompatible browsers, routers, or operating systems. Home networks, says ISOC, are likely to cause most connectivity problems. Internet service providers (ISPs) generally have not provided IPv6-capable routers, partly because demand simply hasn’t surfaced.

ISOC recommends that users prepare for World IPv6 Day by testing their connectivity via this link. The test tells users whether their browsers are capable of accessing the IPv6 Internet and whether they should anticipate trouble during World IPv6 Day. To further minimize problems, ISOC also urges users to keep current with browser, operating system, and firmware updates, especially for routers and other network equipment.

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