IBM® Connect:Direct® accepts both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. Wherever an IP address is specified in IBM Connect:Direct, you can use either IPv4 or an IPv6 addresses.
IPv4 supports 232 addresses written as 4 groups of dot-separated 3 decimal numbers (0 through 9), for example, 10.23.107.5.
IPv6 supports 2128 addresses written as 8 groups of colon-separated 4 hexadecimal digits, for example, 1001:0dc8:0:0:0:ff10:143e:57ab. The following guidelines apply to IPv6 addresses:
- If a four-digit group contains zeros (0000), the zeros may be omitted and replaced with two colons (::), for example:
2001:0db8:85a3:0000:1319:8a2e:0370:1337 can be shortened as 2001:0db8:85a3::1319:8a2e:0370:1337
- Any number of successive 0000 groups may be replaced with two colons (::), but only one set of double colons (::) can be used in an address, for example:
001:0db8:0000:0000:0000:0000:1319:58ab Can be shortened as: 2001:0db8:0000:0000::1319:58ab
- Leading zeros in a four-zero group can be left out (0000 can be shortened to 0), for example:
2001:0db8:0000:0000:0000:0000:1319:58ab Can be shortened as: 2001:0db8:0:0:0:0:1319:58ab
- You can write a sequence of 4 bytes that occur at the end of an IPv6 address in decimal format using dots as separators, for example:
::ffff:102:304 Can be written as: ::ffff:22.214.171.124
This notation is useful for compatibility addresses.