- What is an IP address?
- Types of IP address
- Difference between IPv4 and IPv6
What is an IP address?
Well IP stands for Internet Protocol, which is an address of a device that accesses the internet. So, just like the address of our house, the IP address is the address that is used to find the identity/ address of the device over the internet.
An IP address is a numeric address assigned to each device connected to a network or internet which is used for communication between them.
Example of IP address- 188.8.131.52
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Types of IP address
There are two types of IP version available namely-
These are the two version of the IP address available, the basics difference between are the address size. the IPv4 uses a 32bit number as address size while IPv6 uses a 128bit number as an address size.
Difference between IPv4 and IPv6
The main difference between IPv4 and IPv6 is given below in the table-
How IP address works
The IP address has two-part, one is the Network ID and the other is the Host ID. The network ID is a part of the IP address starting from the left that identifies the specific network on which the device is located. The part which is left i.e. the right-hand part of IP is the host ID that identifies the specific device on the network. Both the combination of a network ID and the host ID help us to identify the device on the internet.
The IP address is a numeric label but it converted into binary(0 or 1) so that it understands by the computer as the computer only understands binary.
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