We’re running out of Internet Protocol addresses.
This year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will help launch hundreds, if not thousands, of new products that connect to the Internet. Each of those devices requires its own, unique IP address. When the Internet was originally built, an addressing system was used that allows for just over four billion unique IP addresses. While this number at one time seemed huge, the Internet community is on pace to run out very soon.
According to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), a nonprofit that manages the distribution of Internet number resources, slightly more than 10 percent of IPv4 addresses remain.
ARIN says the industry must therefore adopt a new protocol, IPv6, which will allow an effectively unlimited number of unique addresses.
Do not panic. Crew members will hand out life jackets and guide you to the lifeboats.