One very cool and highly promoted feature of IPv6 is stateless address autoconfiguration. If you don’t already know, this feature enables a node to automatically derive its IPv6 address(es) without the help of of a DHCP server. That is a big departure from the world of IPv4. In IPv4 you either had to manually configure your IP addresses or you had to use DHCP. IPv6 has added address autoconfiguration as a third (and typically default) option.