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It's Official: North America completely out of new IPv4 addresses

     
12:21 am on Sep 25, 2015 (gmt 0)

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ARIN IPv4 Free Pool Reaches Zero [arin.net]

On 24 September 2015, ARIN issued the final IPv4 addresses in its free pool. ARIN will continue to process and approve requests for IPv4 address blocks. Those approved requests may be fulfilled via the Wait List for Unmet IPv4 Requests, or through the IPv4 Transfer Market.


North America Just Ran Out of Old-School Internet Addresses [wired.com]

That wont affect normal Internet users, but it will put more pressure on Internet service providers, software companies, and large organizations to accelerate their migration to IPv4s successor, IPv6.

Yes, this news may sound familiar. WIRED reported back in 2011 that the Internet had run out of IP addresses, or more specifically, that an organization called Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had run out of IPv4 addresses. Basically, IANA hands out blocks of IP addresses to regional organizations like ARIN and its counterparts around the world. So even after IANA ran out, many IPv4 addressees were still available. But now the regional organizations are running out, as well.


Here we go again...This time it looks like this time they might mean it ;) Looking forward to some IPv6 support.
1:01 am on Sept 25, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I'm surprised that a number of well known services (Amazon CloudFront for one) do not support IPv6 nor will they discuss a timeframe for when they would. Hopefully this will catch some news and people will put pressure on their providers to get with it!
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They could always get some of those who have huge reserved blocks that they are not using to give them back to the rest to use..

Or..even more sensibly..yes they could move to IPv6..

my French ISP ( who also offer free fixed IPv4 , If I wanted to use it ) has had it available for a couple of years, I can switch it on at any time ..likewise my main French hoster has been supporting IPv6 for the same time at least ..
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Last time I changed my internet, I went as I always do to one of those free lookups (on account of how I always forget that wmw* also offers this service), and was surprised to find they claim I've now got an IPv6 address... which still somehow becomes IPv4 in my site logs (and at wmw). Go figure.


* Take that, auto-expander.
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The IoT is the real culprit behind this shortage. Your 'fridge and automobile (and hair dryer, coffeemaker and other idiocy) are eating up ips that actual humans might use. All in the name of "providing better service that we can track and your usage of which that can be shared with your local government, power provider, and anyone else we can think of".

Who knew what kind of monster would appear during the 110 baud days when 200 word texts over phone modems were the marvel of the ages?

Yet, with the rotation of addressing still in use, the death of IPv4 is marginally (marginally!) premature. There are at least 11m VW cars out there (kidding!).
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.. which still somehow becomes IPv4 in my site logs (and at WebmasterWorld). Go figure.

I think it is done when your hosting provider is not ready for IPV6.
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Or you are not announcing a AAAA record for your site.
4:10 pm on Sept 28, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Of course, they can still be bought. I gave one up last week. Someone is getting it.
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I'm just waiting for the day when I'm walking to PubCon and there's a guy in the shadows next to the Convention Center saying, "Psst! Hey, buddy! Want to buy some IPv4 addresses?"
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I expect it won't be in the shadows. Like any other finite but legal resource, it will be traded as a commodity, but there will be hoarders convinced that they will have terrific value in the future, not realizing that once the world converts entirely to IPv6 then IPv4 addresses will be a legacy technology that, increasingly, devices and networks will not understand.

How long until a home router won't use IPv4 addresses? I'd guess a long time (because I have as many as I'll every need on my local 192.xxx.xxx.xxx subnet)
 

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