IPv4 vs IPv6: What is it, the difference, and which is faster to use

What are IPv4 and IPv6

Both of these terms refer to the Internet protocols (IP) that are assigned to every device that goes online. I.e. the personal addresses of your computer, laptop, or phone - they provide traffic throughput, Internet speed, and connection stability.

The numbers 4 and 6 indicate the version of the protocol. IPv6 is a newer upgraded series, and IPv4 is considered to be its big brother. But what is the difference between them and which protocol is faster? Let's figure it out.

Benefits of IPv4

It is difficult to say how IPv4 can be better than IPv6 because the sixth version is superior to the "four" in almost all aspects. However, IPv4 is still more accessible and is used much more widely than IPv6. It is cheaper and takes up less memory.

This is a good option for web surfing, and downloading files, if we talk about proxies - through IPv4 you can safely engage in social media promotion, mass liking, and mass following.

Disadvantages of IPv4

  • The number of addresses is limited, which makes it difficult to rotate IP addresses in bulk.
  • Security issues as streams within the network are not encrypted.
  • Potential outages due to routing overload.

Benefits of IPv6

This protocol outperforms its older brother on almost all fronts:

  • Encrypts data packets and controls transmission, which means traffic will be more secure.
  • Provides an infinite number of addresses.
  • This protocol is faster than IPv4 due to the simplified format of operation.
  • IPv6 proxy servers will provide you with complete protection and anonymity. Using them, you can process large amounts of data and perform complex automation processes.

Disadvantages of IPv6

Since this protocol is still relatively new, not all ISPs have access to it. It can be difficult to migrate from one version to another, so it can take a long time for all devices to migrate to IPv6. Currently, just tens of websites support IPv6 connection, while IPv4 is supported by 99.9% of resources.

What to choose: IPv4 or IPv6

The IPv6 protocol has taken the lead in both speed and connection security. Over time, all systems and devices will switch to IPv6, but for now, IPv4 is leading. If you do not need to regularly process a large amount of information, or automate work, but you just want to use the network safely, IPv4 is quite suitable for you.