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What Is An IP Address? Everything You Need to Know

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If you have a device or computer and connect to the Internet, you will still have an IP address.

IP address (Internet Protocol Address)

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This number is a unique number on all computer devices (printers, routers, modems, etc.), which identify and allow mutual communication on a computer network.

There is also a communication standard called the Internet Protocol (IP) standard. To clarify, in layman’s terms, it equals your home address. Therefore, to receive mail at home, the sender must have his proper postal address (Internet Protocol address) in your city (network), or he will not receive invoices, pizza coupons, or tax refunds.

The same goes for all computers on the Internet. However, there are data exceptions without this unique address. IP addresses, therefore, permanently assigned for a mail server / corporate server or a residence.

Or even temporarily, from a group of available addresses (on the first call, service) from your ISP. A landline number may not be available in all regions and may cost more, so contact your ISP.

DNS (Domain Name System): Internet protocol address translated into words. It is much simpler for us to remember a concept than a series of numbers. The same goes for email addresses.

For instance, it is much easier to recall a web address name like thexplorion.com than to remember 192.168.1.1. Or, in the case of an email, it is much easier to recognize from email@somedomain.com than from email@192.168.1.1

Different IP Addresses

Dynamic IP Address

Is an IP address that is not static and can change at any time. This IP address was issued by a group of IP addresses assigned by your ISP or DHCP server. It affects many customers who do not always need the same IP address for various reasons.

However, your computer will automatically receive this number when you connect to the network and save you from having to know the details of specific network settings.

Assign this number to anyone using a dial-up connection, wireless connections, and broadband Internet connections. If you have to run your mail server or web server, it would be better to have a static IP address.

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Static IP Address

Is an IP address that is never changed or corrected. It contrasts with a dynamic IP address that can change at any time. Most ISPs have a single static IP address or a block of static IP addresses for a few extra dollars per month.

Previous and Current Versions of IP

IP version 4

Is currently used on most network devices. However, as more and more computers access the Internet, IPv4 addresses are decreasing rapidly. As in the city, addresses have been created for new districts.

However, if your neighborhood becomes too large, you will need to create a whole new address group. IPv4 restricted to 4,294,967,296 addresses.

IPV5

Is an exploratory protocol for UNIX systems. According to the standard conventions of the UNIX edition (computer operating system), all odd versions are considered preliminary. They were never proposed for the general public.

IP version 6

Replacement of the old IPv4. The approximated number of distinctive inscriptions for IPV6 is 2 ^ 128 or 340, 282, 366, 920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456.

The old and present address standard was: 192.168.100.100. The new form is written in different ways, but it means the same thing, and they are all justifiable:

  • 1) 1080: 0: 0: 0: 0: 34: 0: 417A
  • 2) 1080: 0000: 0000: 0000: 0000: 0034: 0000: 417A
  • 3) 1080 :: 34: 0: 417A
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Fadehan Emmanuel
Moore is an Associate—Editor of TheXplorion. Got a NEWS TIP related to this story — or to anything else in the world of big tech? Please e-mail him: mooreplug[at]gmail.com. You can also connect with him via the connections below the box.
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