Switching from IPv4 to IPv6

Learn about the Internet Protocol and why a new version is needed.

What is the Internet Protocol (IP)?

The Internet Protocol is the method by which data is relayed between the Internet and connected devices. The relayed information is divided into packets, each of which is linked to a different origin and destination IP address. 

Difference between IPv4 and IPv6

Since the advent of the Internet, IP addresses (e.g., have been created based on IPv4 standards, which offer 4 billion possible permutations. In anticipation of the expected depletion of IP addresses, IPv6 was set up to create an infinite number of new addresses in a new format (2607:fa48:2:8:6:0:1:14).

Videotron has been deploying IPv6 throughout its Internet network for several years now, but most customers won’t be able to tell the difference.

Will IPv6 affect your Internet usage?

The adoption of IPv6 is expected to lead to a possible reduction in the use of IPv4 and the development of innovative Internet applications, but both protocols will continue to operate simultaneously. As for security, confidentiality and connection speed, IPv6 is similar to IPv4.

Videotron has prepared its network and will continue to offer its customers a high-performance Internet browsing experience. However, only Helix equipment provides access to IPv6-only sites.

More information on Helix and IPv6.

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