The definition of the IP address
The IP address is an identification number assigned to a device connected to the Internet network. Having an IP address allows this device to communicate with other devices that themselves have an IP address. You can think of it as a phone number calling another.
All IP addresses look like this: 126.96.36.199
What is an IP address used for?
An IP address identifies a device connected to the network. Each device connected to the network has an IP address. The computer or smartphone you use to visit this site has an IP address that is
. This IP is unique. No one else on the planet right now has the same IP address as you.
*** Alright, I have an IP address but what is it for? Well, it is essential for surfing the internet. To put it simply, when you visit this page, it means that the IP address of your machine
(188.8.131.52) has connected to the IP address of our site ipaddress.com which is 184.108.40.206. To draw a parallel, it’s comparable to two phone numbers calling each other.
*** OK but I never typed 220.127.116.11 in my browser, me! Well no, you only typed the domain name IPAddress.com. Luckily, a computer system has translated this domain name to IP number 18.104.22.168 for you, thus allowing the connection between your computer and the server that hosts our website. For information, this Domain / IP translation system is called DNS.
The different types of IP addresses
Not all addresses are used for the same purpose. There are private IP addresses, public IP addresses, static IP addresses, and dynamic IP addresses. To make matters even more complex (at least in appearance), each type of IP address can be either an IPv4 address or an IPv6 address. Let’s try to clarify this…
*** Private IP addresses are used in an internal network such as the one you probably have at home. These types of IP addresses are used to allow your devices to communicate with your router and all other devices on your private network. Private IP addresses can be set manually or assigned automatically by your router.
*** Public IP addresses are used outside your network and are assigned by your ISP (access provider like Orange, Free etc …). This is the address used by your home or work network to communicate with the rest of the networked devices on the planet (the Internet). It allows devices in your home to connect to your service provider and therefore to the outside world, which allows them, for example, to access websites, receive emails or communicate directly with other computers. Private IP addresses and public IP addresses are either dynamic (they change with each reconnection) or static (you still have the same IP even after disconnection / reconnection).
Find my IP? What for?
What is my IP address? How to know your IP? These are questions we have heard many times over. Indeed, finding your IP address is often essential for many reasons: online games, telephone on IP, technological supports, connection of remote computers, proxy detection, protection of anonymity, geolocation etc. Our site therefore displays your IP address instantly and also offers you an IP and domain name geolocation service as well as a list of Proxies updated every 30 seconds.
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