What Is an IP Address?

Each time you surf the internet IP addresses play an essential part in information exchange process to enable you to find the websites you are seeking. But, there’s the chance that you aren’t aware the difference between them, which is why we’ve broken down the most frequently requested questions here.

The IP address of your computer is an unique identity identifier, similar to an address for mailing, and is associated to your online activity. Every time you access online (shopping online and sending emails, or streaming television) You’re asking for access to a particular web-based destination. In the process, you’ll receive information directly to your computer. What’s the mechanism behind this? It’s simple. IP refers to the Internet Protocol, which lays out the rules and standards (yes they are also called the protocol) to route information and connecting with the Internet. The Protocol is an established set rules which each party has to adhere to in order to ensure a bi-directional data flow.

How do IP addresses work?
If you’re looking to know the reasons why a device isn’t connecting the way you’d expect, or you are trying to figure out the reason why your network might not be functioning properly It is helpful to understand the way IP addresses function.

Internet Protocol works the same way as other languages through the use of specific guidelines to transmit information. Every device is able to find, send and exchange data with other devices that are connected using this protocol. Through the use of in the same dialect, all computers located anywhere in the world is able to communicate with each other.

The usage of IP addresses usually happens in the background. The procedure works as follows:

  • The device connects indirectly to the internet through connecting to the first internet-connected network that then allows you access to internet.
  • If you’re at home, your home network is likely to be that of your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If you work, it’ll be your company’s network.
  • The IP address assigned to you by the ISP.
  • Your web activity is routed through the ISP and they redirect it back to you through the IP address you have assigned to your device. Since they provide users access to internet access it’s their responsibility in assigning an IP to the device.
  • But your IP address could change. As an example, switching your router or modem off or on could alter the IP address. Also, you can call your ISP to alter it on your behalf.
  • When you’re on the move such as traveling – and you carry your device along with you and your home IP address will not be with you. This is due to the fact that you will use a different network (Wi-Fi in a airport, hotel, coffee shop, etc.) for internet access and will use an alternate (and temporariously) IP address that has been given to you through the Internet service provider of the airport, hotel and/or coffee shop.