posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 02:21 PM
lol. I remember that page.
Anyhow, no, we're not going to have a problem when we exceed the number of IP addresses available.
ISPs are merely going to create sub addresses. Look at how most businesses operate. A single IP address to a hub, and from that hub internal IP
addresses are allocated to the PC's linking out.
At the moment, many PC's have direct addresses on the internet. It's not really necessary. Servers benefit from this as it makes the DNS entries
simple... but PC's don't need direct addresses on the net, they can be routed a few times over allowing networks within networks.
The great thing about the star topology is that it can be expanded indefinitely.
These people saying the internet will end because we're out of IP addresses are VERY near sighted and seem to think in very simplistic terms.
Think of it like street numbers. Cities that have run out of numbers on a street will simply start breaking those numbers down.
123 Some Street quickly breaks down to 123-1, 123-2, 123-3 etc.
The hub is like the entrance to that building group.
With the introduction of fiber optic hubs, bottlenecking isn't going to be a problem either.