Address Types of IPv6


IPv6 Address Types

IPv6 has some similar and some different address types than IPv4. There are still unicast addresses in IPv6 world but this time there will be one more Unicast address types. Still multicast addresses are being used but with different addresses.

One additional address type is also in IPv6 world. This is anycast address.

By the way in IPv6 there is no broadcast address type.

Some of the concepts like public and private addresses will still remain in IPv6. But with some differences.

Let’s see all these address types one by one.

Mainly, there are four Address Types in IPv6. These Address Types are:

• IPv6 Reserved Addresses
• IPv6 Unicast Addresses
• IPv6 Multicast Addresses
• IPv6 Anycast Addresses

Now, let’s explain these IPv6 Address Types and their Sub Types detaily.


IPv6 Reserved Addresses

These addresses are start with “0000 0000” at first 8 bits. Its prefix is 0::/8 .

For example:

0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0 Unspecified Address
0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 Loopback Address

IPv6 Unicast Addresses

IPv6 has Unicast address similar to IPv4 unicast address, but it has also other new unicast addresses. These Unicast address types are:

• Global Unicast IPv6 Address
• Link-Local IPv6 Address
• Unique Local IPv6 Address

Let’s check all these address types deeply.

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