What is an IP Address?

An (Internet Protocol) IP address is a unique, numerical address that identifies a device on a network. It essentially signifies where a device is, and its protocol enables computers and other devices to communicate with one another.

More About IP Addresses

There are two types of IP address standards: IPv4 and IPv6. IPv4 is the original way to write IP addresses and dates back to 1983. An example of this is: “12.34.567.891”.

IPv6 is a new type of IP address that is slowly replacing IPv4. By contrast, an IPv6 address would look similar to: “2620:cc:8000:1c82:544c:cc2e:f2fa:5a9b”. IPv6 addresses are slowly taking the place of the original IPv4 addresses.

Since IP addresses are difficult to remember, the Domain Name System (DNS) was created to assign memorable and human-friendly names to IP addresses.

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