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Mobile 4-in-6: A Novel Mechanism for IPv4/v6 Transitioning

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Publication date2001
Host publicationInteractive Distributed Multimedia Systems 8th International Workshop, IDMS 2001 Lancaster, UK, September 4–7, 2001 Proceedings
EditorsDoug Shepherd, Joe Finney, Laurent Mathy, Nicholas Race
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-42530-4
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Mobility is indisputably one of the major drives promoting IPv6. Making the transition to IPv6 from IPv4, however, is one of the major stumbling blocks. It has recently come to light that Mobile IPv6 (the IETF routing protocol for IPv6 mobile hosts) may hold some of the keys to making this transition. This paper describes mobile 4-in-6, an extension to the Mobile IPv6 protocol that allows mobile nodes to transparently communicate with the IPv4 Internet irrespective of their current location on the IPv6 Internet. Furthermore, the protocol does not require the mobile node to hold an IPv4 address other than on its home network, and does not assume the availability of any Mobile IPv4 services.