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Q: what is an ip address? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: what is an ip address?
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: sensation83-ga
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Posted: 28 Jan 2005 15:25 PST
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what is an ip address?
Subject: Re: what is an ip address?
Answered By: legolas-ga on 28 Jan 2005 21:43 PST
Hi sensation83-ga,

An IP address is similar to a phone number that is given to an
individual computer on a network. It can be either Public (or
routable) or Private (unroutable). The IP Address takes the following
form: where xxx is any number from 0 to 255 (with some large
exceptions). The first digit can not be a 0. Also, the IP address is reserved (as is the entire - range).

There are many other rules about when and which IPs can be used, but,
that is slightly outside the scope of this question.

The current VERSION of IP's that we use is IPv4. That is the familiar that we see on the Internet today. A new generation,
called IPv6 is on the way however. The difference is the number of IP
available for use on public networks.

IP's are made up of two 'parts'. The network and the host. For
example, if you own an Internet broadband router, chances are that it
uses the network internally. Therefore, the 192.168.1 is
the NETWORK. The host is the last number, (a number between 1 and 254.
255 is reserved). So, if your router has an IP of, and
your computer can have anything between and

You can find a very good explanation of IP's on Wikipedia, at the
following location:

You can also look at the definition that is found on

and, of course, Google has a definition too at:

I hope that helps you understand what an IP address is. 

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Subject: Re: what is an ip address?
From: bc90021-ga on 28 Jan 2005 21:11 PST

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