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Hans Meiser

switching from ipv4 to ipv6

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Hi,

i have a few questions regarding download speed/ availability of seeders when using bittorrent with an ipv6 address. I live in Germany and use bittorrent for safety reasons via a vpn-client mostly for downloading english language media. I currently have an ipv4 address but I am very displeased with my current Internet service provider. If i change the provider though, I would get an ipv6 address since there are no more ipv4 addresses. Now I heard that with an ipv6 address I can only access seeders that have an ipv6 address as well when downloading torrents. Is this true and what does this mean, how much will this generally affect my downloadspeed or the availability of seeds. Does anybody here already have experience with the effect of switching from ipv4 to ipv6?

 

Thanks a lot. 

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IPv4 addresses are inaccessible to ipv6-only peers.

The peers out there that are multi-homed on both ipv4 and ipv6 are able to communicate with all peers and are able to relay data.

Your availability and connections will be greatly reduced if you're ipv6 only.

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I just read about dual stack where you have both an ipv4 and an ipv6 address. But most providers only offer 'dual stack lite'. Does the lite version give me access to ipv4 peers? Especially when i use bittorrent with an vpn-client.

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