Someone explain what this means 'running out of IPV4' means

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Alex Ethridge

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I read an article that IPV4 addresses are running out and that some crisis is about to present itself concerning IPV4 addresses. Frankly, I have little-to-no understanding of what this means. I have only uninformed guesses what it means to run out of IPV4 addresses.

Here's the article: http://www.infoworld.com/print/121729

I don't need to know about the black market aspect of it. I guess I just need to know what IPV4 is and IPV6 is and how running out of those addresses matters to me.
 

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IPV4 is the present standard used to assign addresses to computers
and servers on the internet.
Each computer has an IP address.
It's like a phone number for each computer.
When you view a web page,it connects to that servers IP.
The domain name is assigned to that IP address.
Running out of IPV4 addresses shouldn't be a major problem
as IPV6 is already in place to extend the number of available addresses.
The modem you use to connect to the internet more than likely
is assigned an IPV4 IP address by your internet provider.
 

Alex Ethridge

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So then, it is as I suspected; the internet is running out of "phone numbers". So, they are going to now add area codes (IPV6).

From what I'm reading, though, the IPV6 implementation is dragging and will not be ready in time.
 
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