What? You don’t know what an IP address is used for?
Don’t worry. Most of the billions of computer users don’t know either, and to tell you the truth, that’s perfectly alright. Because even though it’s your passport to the Internet, you never have to think about it.
Here’s a definition that you can use if someone asked. “It’s a network address for your computer so the Internet knows where to send you emails, data, and pictures of cats.”
In short, you can say it’s a network address of your device which can be Mobile, computer, Laptop, printer anything which needed in Computer Network for work.
That puts you way ahead of the curve. In fact, 98% of people on computers right now don’t know what an IP address even looks like.
Let me explain.
It always helps to see an IP address example.
Let’s see yours. Here it is:
Also, keep in mind this address is not permanent if you are connected with public networks like Public wifi, Mobile hotspot, or mobile network
But for now, somehow you found your way to this website and page about the “IP address.” And unless you’re a “techie,” you may not have more than a passing idea what an IP address is or how it works. (“It has to do with networking or something,” is the usual guess.)
Let’s clear up this concept for you, just to give you an idea why the misunderstood IP address is very important to our lives.
Don’t worry. We promise not to get too techie on you.
In the end, you’ll love your IP address.
The IP address is a fascinating product of modern computer technology designed to allow one connected computer (or “smart” device) to communicate with another device over the Internet.
IP addresses allow the location of literally billions of digital devices that are connected to the Internet to be pinpointed and differentiated from other devices.
Because, in the same way, you to need a mailing address to receive a letter in the mail from a friend, a remote computer needs your IP address to communicate with your computer.
Here’s the deal…
- Your house has a street address to get mail; your connected device has an Internet address to get and receive data on the Web.
- Your home as a street number; your laptop, smartphone or your lights, baby monitor, thermostat (anything device that connects to the Internet and works wirelessly) has an Internet number. (That’s what the Internet of Things is all about.)
So, what does an IP address tell you? It lets you know you are connected to the Internet.
It’s important because it follows rules of connectivity, so you don’t need to think about it.
Maybe this definition will help.
The word protocol refers to a standard of guidelines, and that’s a key part of the definition. The networking part of the Internet is defined by exact specifications (guidelines) for connecting on the Internet.
The IP address you’re using at any given time is your device’s “digital address” that allows a connection to the systematically laid-out, interconnected grid that governs global connectivity.
But can you be sure IP address is 100% reliable?
When anyone pops a letter in a mailbox, you don’t think about its route, or how many trucks the postal office uses, or how many packages the letter carrier delivers a day. You just want it to go the right address.
Do You Know Website also has IP Address:
Every website (Apple, Google, Facebook etc.) has a unique IP address, but it goes by its name instead (apple.com, msn.com, facebook.com.) But without IP addresses you couldn’t connect with them and they couldn’t share information with you.
How you can check your device IP Address:
There have multiple ways to check IP Address of your device:
You can type command in command prompt:
- In Windows system: ipconfig
- In Linux System: ifconfig
Ethernet adapter Ethernet:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : localhost:media.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . ……: fe80::adb6:c751:bs5a:fg56%3
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . ………..: 255.255.254.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . ………..: 192.168.1.10
Or if you are connected with the Internet and don’t want to type command in command prompt
then you can simply type on google.com what is my IP address then Google will answer your public IP of the same device on which you are working.
Two versions of the Internet Protocol are in common use in the Internet today. The original version of the Internet Protocol that was first deployed in 1983 in the ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet, is Internet Protocol version 4(IPv4).
The rapid exhaustion of IPv4 address space available for assignment to Internet service providers and end-user organizations by the early 1990s prompted the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to explore new technologies to expand the addressing capability in the Internet. The result was a redesign of the Internet Protocol which became eventually known as Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) in 1995.IPv6 technology was in various testing stages until the mid-2000s, when commercial production deployment commenced.
Today, these two versions of the Internet Protocol are in simultaneous use. Among other technical changes, each version defines the format of addresses differently. Because of the historical prevalence of IPv4, the generic term IP address typically still refers to the addresses defined by IPv4. The gap in version sequence between IPv4 and IPv6 resulted from the assignment of version 5 to the experimental Internet Stream Protocol in 1979, which however was never referred to as IPv5.
Type of IP Address:
- IPV4 ADDRESS (Click on title for more details)
- IPV6 ADDRESS (Click on title for more details)