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A network device needs a one-of-a-kind Internet Protocol address to be able to communicate with others. The unique address identifies each of these devices connected to the internet through a TCP/IP network. Facilitating the connection and consequent communication between these devices is its biggest purpose.

Each network-connected device that utilizes Internet Protocol (IP) for communication has its own IP address. Albeit you do not know what an Internet Protocol (IP) address is, you might have seen one when using a computer to surf the web.  An example is one that looks like the following (without the commas)

It is categorized into four different types: ‘private’, ‘dynamic’, ‘public’, and ‘static’.

Things To Know Regarding Private IP Addresses

This helps to identify your device connected to the residential network. In the event of having many different devices that utilize the same internet provider connection, each of these would have a distinct address.

The private address accommodates a finite number of network devices, so it has no unique identity. It is possible to discover the address through many different methods.

A method for Windows customers is shared below.

  • Press the Windows key and the key at the same time. This will reveal the Run dialogue box, where you will have to key in cmd and press Enter.
  • Command Prompt, also known as DOS box, will show up next.
  • There, you have to type ipconfig and press the Enter key.

In the event you are an Apple Mac PC user, act as per the following.

  • Open Mac’s Terminal application.
  • There, use ifconfig as you entered in Windows Command Prompt.

Public IP Addresses

This is the main address of an enterprise network, or one that is accessible through the internet. For instance, when there are multiple network devices at home, then you will wish to utilize public IPs to address every single device there. In that case, the router will get the public-type address, whereas each of your devices connectable to the equipment unit will have a private address from it through DHCP protocol.

How A Static Address Differs From The Dynamic One

A static address assigned to your network device will remain the same. Almost every device uses a dynamic address that the network assigns it as it connects, and this address changes gradually.

Both have pros and cons, and your requirements are the main factor that will determine the best kind of address for you. Keep this in mind when looking to buy an IP address from the IP market.

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