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| Hitachi Starts Free Distribution of IPv6 Windows Software
August 24, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Hitachi Ltd. said it developed protocol exchange
software for personal computers to support the next-generation Internet
Protocol Version 6 (IPv6).
|Hitachi began to freely distribute the software from its Web site on
Aug. 20. Downloads are available in both Japanese
The protocol suite IPv6 represents an advance in standards over IPv4,
the version currently used for Internet connectivity. Among the many
features of IPv6 are an expanded IP address space, improved security
and priority controls, and more efficient routing functions.
Hitachi's protocol exchange software is for Microsoft Windows 95, Windows
98, or Windows NT, and is called "Toolnet6."
It enables IPv4 applications that run in a Windows environment to be
used without modification in an IPv6 environment. Existing client/server
applications also can be converted to IPv6.
Hitachi developed an IPv6 router, the NR60, in June 1997. The company
also is a participant in 6Bone, an experimental IPv6-based network on
a worldwide scale. Four Hitachi locations in Japan are connected to
an IPv6-based network that began experimental operations in July.
The Tokyo-based electronics company plans to offer IPv6 connectivity
based on Toolnet6 and NR60 as options available through its "netSpace"
Internet access service and through its "Compassport" outsourcing service
for corporate users.