You should turn off IPv6

Switch off IPv6 - and surf faster

Stephan Mayer

The Internet protocol IPv6 causes problems with many older routers. The consequences are poor data throughput and long waiting times. We'll show you how to turn off IPv6.

There is an old ad- ministrative adage: "Regard every network protocol that is switched off as a gain". Windows has been ignoring this rule since Vista and activates the new "IPv6" Internet protocol by default. Not a bad idea, given the well-known shortage of IPv4 addresses. Because then the switch to the new address technology should work smoothly as soon as the Internet access provider has set it up.

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The catch is that some of the routers that are offered with an Internet contract respond to IPv6 with longer response times and poorer data throughput. In the Microsoft forums, however, visitors also report that Internet access should no longer work at all as a result. Anyone who discovers such problems and does not necessarily need IPv6, for example because the Internet access provider does not yet provide IPv6 technology, can confidently switch off the new Internet protocol. Exception: If you use the "homegroup" function, you must have IPv6 activated.

How to disable IPv6

After clicking the round Windows button, tap network into the search field and then click on the hit "Network and Sharing Center". In the following window select "Change adapter settings" on the left. Alternatively, press the key combination Windows + R to open the run function and enter ncpa.cpl there.

In the next window click with the right mouse button on "Local Area Connection" and then select "Properties". In the following settings window, remove the check mark in front of "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP / IPv6)" and then click on "OK". Warning: The network connection is briefly interrupted when this setting is set up. If you want to reactivate IPv6, simply reverse this step.