IP AddressNetworking Terms

An IP address (Internet Protocol) is a numerical label assigned to each machine on a particular network. Each device on a network—computer, smartphone, printer, etc.-has an IP address assigned to it, which allows the devices to “communicate” with each other. There are two standards for IP addresses: IP Version 4 (IPv4) and IP Version 6 (IPv6). All computers with IP addresses have an IPv4 address, and many computers are also beginning to adopt the new IPv6 address system.

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