Solved IPV6 seems faster than IPV4

September 29, 2015 at 12:31:15
Specs: Windows 7
my xfinity speed test tells me that IPV6 is about 9 times faster than IPV4. As such, is there anyway an internet dummy like me can ensure he's using IPV6. Obviously, I want max performance.


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September 30, 2015 at 11:33:37
Don't believe that IPv6 is "9 times faster than IPv4" If your provider is telling you that, I would suggest they're telling you that so they can make you think you're getting something other ISP's can't give you and are charging you extra.

If you run IPV4 and IPv6 on a 1 Gig network, you will find they both run at 1 Gig. IPv6 won't magically start running at 9 Gig. It can't exceed the limitations of the hardware and transmission media.

In your shoes, I'd be contacting other ISP's in my area and comparing packages. If you are indeed paying more for your present internet package, I'd go with another provider who will not charge you extra for some imaginary improvement in "speed"

FYI, networks are rated in "bandwidth", not "speed" and any time anybody says "faster" or "better speed" then you know they don't really know what they're talking about. IPv6 may give some performance improvements at layer 3 but it can't make a 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps network "faster" LOL

Bandwidth is a rating of how much data can flow past any one spot in a network in one second. 1000 Mbps (1 Gig) is not 10 times faster than 100 Mbps, it can carry 10 times as much data in the same amount of time.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



#1
September 29, 2015 at 12:48:49
The IPV depends on your ISP internet service, not your computer. You can test it HERE to see if IPV6 is enabled on your PC.

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September 29, 2015 at 13:02:10
The speed test returns answers for both IPV4 and IPV6 so I know my configuration will support either: I know for a fact that my PC and my ISP can perform in either mode or the IPV6 speed test would not run. Since IPV6 is MUCH faster, a) is there any way to know which mode I'm operating in (obviously except for the speed test which tells me plainly) and b) if my config (which includes both my computer, home router, and my ISP) can operate in the much faster IPV6 mode, then is there a way to ensure I am doing so? Or at least to know which mode I'm operating in?


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#3
September 29, 2015 at 13:06:22
Just for fun ... I tested mine. Below is what I was told:

You appear to have no IPv6 at this time..

You appear to have no IPv6 address.

It looks like you have only IPv4 Internet service at this time. Don't feel bad - most people are in this position right now. Most Internet service providers are not quite yet ready to provide IPv6 Internet to residential customers.

Many of the visitors to the site are new to what IPv6 is. If you don't know why IPv6 matters, see the Why IPv6 FAQ. This will give you a bit of background of what to expect with IPv4 in the coming months and years; and perhaps some incentive to ask your ISP when they will offer IPv6.

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#4
September 29, 2015 at 13:08:58
Only your ISP can answer all your questions. Contact them.

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#5
September 29, 2015 at 13:20:15
One more thing - the following July 2015 story might interest you -

It’s official: North America out of new IPv4 addresses

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September 29, 2015 at 13:35:45
I will contact Xfinity but I am hoping that they default to IPV6 if all nodes can handle it. One thing I will ask is why do they return an answer for both IPs in their speed test?

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September 30, 2015 at 11:33:37
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Don't believe that IPv6 is "9 times faster than IPv4" If your provider is telling you that, I would suggest they're telling you that so they can make you think you're getting something other ISP's can't give you and are charging you extra.

If you run IPV4 and IPv6 on a 1 Gig network, you will find they both run at 1 Gig. IPv6 won't magically start running at 9 Gig. It can't exceed the limitations of the hardware and transmission media.

In your shoes, I'd be contacting other ISP's in my area and comparing packages. If you are indeed paying more for your present internet package, I'd go with another provider who will not charge you extra for some imaginary improvement in "speed"

FYI, networks are rated in "bandwidth", not "speed" and any time anybody says "faster" or "better speed" then you know they don't really know what they're talking about. IPv6 may give some performance improvements at layer 3 but it can't make a 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps network "faster" LOL

Bandwidth is a rating of how much data can flow past any one spot in a network in one second. 1000 Mbps (1 Gig) is not 10 times faster than 100 Mbps, it can carry 10 times as much data in the same amount of time.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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