What is IPv6 and How to Disable It

What is IPv6?

To understand IPv6, you'll first need to know a little about internet protocol. Internet protocol is the "rule set" of how devices are able to connect to the internet and communicate with each other. Think of it as the backbone of the internet. 

Over the years, internet protocol has been updated and improved upon. As of today, most internet traffic is routed using IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4). This means your internet service provider and router are probably still using IPv4, but this isn't always the case. Some internet service providers have begun deploying IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) - the successor to IPv4. 

IPv6 is very similar to IPv4 with a few key differences. The most significant difference being that IPv6 allows for 128-bit IP address where as IPv4 only allows for 32-bit IP address. In short, this means IPv6 allows for more possible IP address combinations. This is important as, under IPv4, the majority of the internet's IP addresses are currently assigned and in use. IPv6 was designed in part to resolve this issue.

However, because of the way IPv6 was designed, it is not compatible with IPv4, or any software or hardware (routers, modems, etc.) designed exclusively for use with IPv4. For this reason, many internet service providers solely use IPv4, or will only offer IPv6 alongside an IPv4 connection.

At this time, our adapter does not support IPv6 and, as a result, we are unable to manage any traffic through IPv6. If you have IPv6 enabled, we highly recommend turning IPv6 off through your router's settings so you may enjoy our full range of features.


How to Disable IPv6 On your Router 

Step 1:

Use a web browser navigate to your router’s settings. Most routers use   192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 as their address.

Please Note: The below screenshot is one example of how the option may appear. If you are unable to locate the setting, read through your router’s help documentation or contact your router manufacturer’s support.
Step 2:

Locate the option within your router’s settings to disable IPv6. The appearance and location of this setting will differ from router to router. For example, the option may appear as a checkbox to "enable" or "disable" IPv6. It could also appear as a drop-down list that allows you to select "IPv4 only". 

Please Note: If you are unable to locate the setting, read through your router’s help documentation or contact your router manufacturer’s support.
Step 3:

When you have located the option and disabled IPv6, apply the settings to your router. Your router should confirm that settings were changed. 

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