Hands-on with IPv6

Peter Fales

January Tuesday 22nd 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room B link to this same meeting


IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol, developed over the last 20 years as a replacement for IPv4. IPv4 as worked well for many decades, but has started to show some limitations as the Internet has become larger and more diverse. Despite years of warnings of impending disaster as we run out of IPv4 addresses, adoption has been slower than expected, but it's happening unstoppably, and it's important for individuals and organizations to understand the technology and figure out how they will get on board.

I'll start with an overview of the technology, describe some of the the key concepts and terminology, why IPv6 is necessary, and how the transition will take place. Then I'll use a live demo to show how you can create your own "IPv6 lab" to illustrate those concepts and show how you can explore further on your own.

As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks, and we are planning it to happen at the Rock Bottom restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall. The link goes to the restaurant's Bolingbrook website, but if you want a direct link to a map for directions starting at the library use this link.


Peter Fales has been a computer geek, (ethical) hacker, and do-it-yourself enthusiast ever since learning BASIC, assembly language, and soldering while going to high-school in the 1970s. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1982 and his Master in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in 1983. He retired in 2015 from a career developing software and software tools for the telecommunication industry (AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, and Bell Labs). His only son left for college several years ago, leaving him with still more time to indulge in both technical hobbies (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D-Printing, and working with open-source software) and non-technical pursuits (biking, skiing, reading, home repair projects, and volunteer work with his church and the Boy Scouts).

Getting to the meeting

This General meeting of UniForum Chicago will be at:

        Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library
        Meeting Room B (1st floor)
        300 West Briarcliff Road
        Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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