What Is An IP

ip-addressWhat is an IP? This stands for Internet Protocol, which is a set of conventions used by servers to transmit information across the World Wide Web. Ip is the universal language used by hosts to computers on an Internet network.

Because the Interweb is continuously expanding, IP needs constant revision to cater for ever-increasing information demands. At present, Internet servers use IPv4, which is a version of Internet Protocol. This model facilitates over 4 billion distinctive addresses – a figure that is made smaller by webmasters that accumulate large numbers of unused addresses.  Just to get an idea of the vastness and exponential growth of the Internet, consider the latest IP version (IPv6), which can accommodate 2128 distinct addresses!  Such a rapid improvement is necessary because IP is no longer limited to the use of computers alone. With increasing momentum, smart phones, GPSs and a limitless supply of household and corporate devices are being linked to wireless networks.

An IP address is a numerical code that is allocated to a computer connected to the World Wide Web. This number is referred to as an address because it facilitates the mapping of computers on a network. In other words, the numbers of an IP address allows each computer to be found within a network.

Your Internet Service Provider will allocate a particular IP address. Static IP addresses are permanent. Dynamic IP addresses, on the other hand, are temporary and change with each online session. A dynamic IP address will endure for the length of time that the user is connected to the Web. Logging off will terminate a specific dynamic IP address and a new one will be assigned when you log on again.

Internet servers will interact and interpret various IP addresses and relay information back to your computer. Most people do not interact with IP addresses and therefore make use of words that connect them to the hosts. In other words, a domain name will be linked to the IP address through the Domain Name System (DNS), which is an international database of domain names and corresponding Internet Protocol addresses.

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