The idea of address can refer to a domicile. In the specific case of computing, it is an expression made up of letters and/or numbers that alludes to a location in the memory of a computer. IP, on the other hand, is the English acronym that refers to Internet Protocol (“Internet Protocol”).
According to Abbreviationfinder, an IP address, in this framework, is a number that allows the identification of a network interface of a computer, a smartphone or other device that uses the mentioned protocol. This address can be static or dynamic.
It can be said that the IP address is the identification that enables computing devices to connect with each other. Those that need a permanent connection require a static (fixed) IP address so that they can be located on the network: a server hosting a website, an email server, etc. In order for users to remember the location of Internet sites, domain names that are linked to IP addresses are used.
A computer that is assigned a dynamic IP address, on the other hand, does not have a fixed number. That is why the identification in question changes periodically.
In short, the IP address can be understood as a label that identifies the interface of a device in a network that is governed by the IP protocol. These identifications, at present, are made up of four numerical blocks, each one formed by numbers from 0 to 255. For example: 188.8.131.52 could be an IP address.
In addition to everything established, we cannot ignore another series of singularities and important aspects about the aforementioned IP address, such as the following:
-No one can proceed to surf the Net without an IP.
-In the same way, it must be established that no web page can be online correctly if it is not associated with an IP.
-Sometimes, the IP is often confused with the MAC. However, the latter is the identification that is given individually to the so-called network cards.
In addition to the public IP address we have to establish that there are also private IP calls. These are the ones that are used, for example, when several devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network in a house. In that case, each of those (mobile, tablet, computer…) has its own IP.
No less relevant is knowing that in terms of that numbering we can highlight that there are thousands of combinations. However, it is no less true that there are three ranges that are reserved exclusively for what are private IPs:
-Class A, from 10.0.0.0. to 10.255.255.255, which is reserved for large networks such as large multinationals.
-Class B, from 172.16.0.0. to 172.31.255.255, which is used for what are more medium-sized private networks, such as a university network.
-Class C, from 192.168.0.0. to 192.168.255.255, which is used for what are smaller private networks, such as home networks.