What is an IP Address?
No doubt you have heard the word ‘IP Address’.
Let me explain what is IP address is.
An IP address is a product of modern computer technology that allows one computer to communicate with the other computer via the Internet.
IP stands for ‘Internet Protocol‘, so an IP address is an internet protocol address.
An IP address is an identifier for a computer on a TCP/IP (Transfer Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol) network.
Format of IP Address :
The format of IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, 22.214.171.124 could be an IP address. An IP address consists of four numbers, each of which contains one to three digits, with a single dot (.) separating each number or set of digits.
This innocuous-looking group of four numbers is the key that empowers you and me to send and retrieve data over our Internet connections, ensuring that our messages, as well as our requests for data and the data we’ve requested, will reach their correct Internet destinations.
Types of IP Address :
There are two types of IP Addresses:
- Dynamic IP Address (Temporary and are assigned each time a computer accesses the Internet. Limited number of static IP addresses are available)
- Static IP Address (Used for online gaming, or any other purpose where users need to make it easy for other computers to locate and connect to them. Easy access can also be facilitated when using a dynamic IP address)