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Postby Monalisa » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:24 am

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical identification (logical address) that is assigned to devices participating in a computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol for communication between its nodes. Although IP addresses are stored as binary numbers, they are usually displayed in human-readable notations,such as 208.77.188.166 (for IPv4), and 2001:db8:0:1234:0:567:1:1 (for IPv6).

The Internet Protocol also has the task of routing data packets between networks, and IP addresses specify the locations of the source and destination nodes in the topology of the routing system.

The Internet Protocol (IP) has two versions currently in use. Each version has its own definition of an IP address. Here are 2 versions:

1. IP version 4 addresses
2. IP version 6 addresses
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