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What is an IP address

What is an IP address

What is an IP address? simply put an IP address (Internet Protocol) is a number assigned to each and every computer on the internet, it is an address a number for your computer that identifies and sends traffic flow (data packets) from computer to computer, each computer will have it’s own Internet Protocol a number or IP address.

That’s the end of the simple part, an IP address a number, the rest you may not want to read, we will endeavor to summarise the principles in simple terms, but if you need an in depth study, and have a lot of  time on your hands, Wikipedia has most of the IP answers, scope and some depth of authority.

Most computers will have dynamic IP addresses, numerical IPv4 = 32 decimal (base-10) 4 groups of 4, =  (132.89.673.87) TheIP V4 is the dominant Internet Protocol in the Internet Layer in use today is IPv4; the number 4 is the protocol version number carried in every IP datagram. IPv4 is described in RFC 791 (1981).

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The successor to IPv4, is the IPv6, the most prominent modification over version v4 is the addressing system, IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses (c. 340 undecillion, or 3.4×1038 addresses) – a binary IPv6 = 128 bits – 8 groups of 4, hexadecimal (base-16) = (2001:cdba:0000:0000:0000:0000:3257:9652).
Although adoption of IPv6 has been slow, as of June 2008, all United States government have basic support for the system at backbone level.

 

 

What is an IP address