IP Addresses

Background

IP addresses are an integral and fundamental component of the Internet and the basis of any data communication. All systems must have IP addresses if they are intended to communicate or exchange data with other systems on the Internet. In order to ensure reliable data communications worldwide, IPs are currently managed by 5 global RIRs (regional Internet registries) and allocated to individual LIRs (local Internet registries). LIRs in turn then allocate IP addresses to end consumers and users. This ‘sequential transfer’ has to do with obtaining usage rights, not disposal or sale. IP addresses are a free yet limited resource so that the focus is placed on use that conforms to regulations and usage rights can be revoked again. The effort it takes to obtain IP addresses (such as filing applications) and manage them (such as maintaining databases of IP addresses) can also mean a monetary burden for the end user.

We at pop-interactive have LIR status and are a member of Europe’s RIR, called RIPE NCC, allowing us to directly provide our clients with IP addresses and other Internet resources such as AS numbers.

Costs

  • We generally provide our clients with IP addresses at no cost as needed. All of our Internet and housing products contain at least one IP address and usually an IP subnetwork as well. Even successive expansions do not involve additional costs in most cases.
  • Special requirements that require a separate audit by the responsible RIR can result in a one-time charge according to the expenses.
  • A separate contract which generally involves monthly costs is required when applying for provider-independent (PI) Internet resources.

Versions - IPv4 / IPv6

The continuous advancement of technology has led to there currently being more than one Internet Protocol version, commonly abbreviated as IP. Nearly all data communications are currently running on Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). This protocol, which has been widely used since the Internet first gained popularity, is now slowly reaching its limits - there are simply not enough IPv4 addresses to meet the current need. A successor protocol has therefore already been developed that is gaining more and more significance with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The new options offered by IPv6 and the extremely high number of possible IPv6 addresses are designed for the rapid future development of the Internet and data communications in general. Incompatibilities between IPv4 and IPv6, however, prevent a simple switch or migration to the new protocol, so that the current trend is moving toward parallel (dual-stack) operation. More and more public systems on the Internet therefore have an IPv6 address in addition to an IPv4 address in order to be able to work with both protocols.

In the meantime we have concluded the IPv6 test operation and are now converting our server systems to IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack operation. We have even issued IPv6 authorisation for some of the products we offer so that our clients can already make effective use of IPv6.

IPv6-capable products currently include:

If you would like to use IPv6 with one of these products, simply contact us - we will allocate an IPv6 address block to you at no additional charge!