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IP Address

Last updated on November 29th, 2019 at 02:22 pm

An IP address is a unique ID (e.g., 84.124.56.99) assigned to each device so that it can communicate with other devices over a network while using the Internet Protocol. These addresses are assigned to every device that’s connected to the Internet. Devices can range from computers, webservers, phones, to TVs, washing machines or any other device connected to a network.

However, the assignment of an IP address does not mean that the device will always carry the same IP address. In a network of several devices, the assignment of an IP address can change depending on the use of the internet.

Normally, webservers have a single IP address, but many hosting services assign several IP addresses to one server for running multiple websites on the same server. These software-defined servers are known as virtual servers.

Every domain name corresponds to at least one IP address. Since IP addresses are long numerical strings, they are difficult to remember. A domain name provides an easier alternative of accessing internet resources than IP addresses.

However, only a small group of IP addresses are associated with a domain name. Mostly, hosting services reserve domain names only for web servers.

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