Industrial Ethernet: Room for more, IPv6

IP version 6 (IPv6), developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), will be the next generation Internet protocol, replacing IPv4 and providing additional IP addresses for the increasing number of mobile devices and network-ready appliances, including for industrial applications.


Worldwide exhaustion of traditional IPv4 addresses has led to the rapid development and enhancement of Internet technology and network-ready appliances, according to Moxa, provider of industrial network hardware and software. In particular, Moxa said, IP version 6 (IPv6) has been developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as the next generation Internet protocol to replace IPv4 and provide additional IP addresses for the increasing number of mobile devices and network-ready appliances.

With a large number of appliances already functionally IPv6 network-ready, the transition to IPv6 is inevitable with foreseen implications for industrial control and automation arena in the near future as new industry developments and technology are introduced. As more network-enabled field instruments and control devices are required for various mission-critical applications, Moxa noted, IPv6 compliance has become a critical issue.

Since at some point IPv4 addresses will run out, and better support is needed for security, quality of service and mobility, Layer 2 DIN-rail managed switches can help until IPv6 is ready, Moxa said.

Learn more at

Also read, from Control Engineering:

Increase efficiency of industrial Ethernet network; and

Moxa NPort IA-5000A advanced device server.

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering,

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Choosing controllers: PLCs, PACs, IPCs, DCS? What's best for your application?; Wireless trends; Design, integration; Manufacturing Day; Product Exclusive
Variable speed drives: Smooth, efficient, electrically quite motion control; Process control upgrades; Mobile intelligence; Product finalists: Vote now; Product Exclusives
Machine design tips: Pneumatic or electric; Software upgrades; Ethernet advantages; Additive manufacturing; Engineering Leaders; Product exclusives: PLC, HMI, IO
This article collection contains the 5 most referenced articles on improving the use of PID.
Learn how Industry 4.0 adds supply chain efficiency, optimizes pricing, improves quality, and more.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security

(copy 5)