What is IPv6?
Firstly, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the replacement for IPv4. Due to the exhaustion of IPv4 as well as our ever expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), IP version 6 will allow many more devices to seamlessly connect to the internet. Therefore, as this new version of IP addresses rolls out, here's what you need to know.
What does an Internet Protocol version 6 address look like?
To clarify, a version 6 address contains eight groups of four hexadecimal digits with the groups being separated by colons. For example, an IPv6 would be 2600:1005:b062:61e4:74d7:f292:802c:fbfd. In other words, IPv4 addresses look much different. For example, an IPv4 would be 126.96.36.199. Moreover, four octets separated by decimals. Subsequently, each octet ranges from 0 to 255. Likewise, comparing IPv4 to IPv6, it's easy to see how IPv6 offers substantially more available addresses. There are many other benefits to Internet Protocol version 6, but require a more in depth understanding of IP addresses and we don't want to bore you with our geek speak.
Can I avoid getting an updated IP address?
Not sure why you would want to, but it could be possible. Your router or device used to connect to your ISP may have an option within the interface that would disable this feature. Find this option, disable it, and see if your ISP assigns you an IPv4 address. This option is not available on all connecting devices. You'll need to research your make and model to determine if this is an option.
Why don't I have an IP version 6
This protocol is slowly replacing IPv4. It'll be up to your ISP as to when they start assigning these new addresses to their users.