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What is an IP Address

Tim Summers

Internet Service Providers (also called “ISPs”) such as Spectrum, Metronet, AT&T and others use unique identifiers, called IP addresses, to distinguish your home or office from other users on their service.

IPv4 and IPv6

The most common IP address type used by businesses and homes is called IPv4 (IP version 4) however some ISPs may now be using the newer IPv6 version.  While structurally different, both IPv4 and IPv6 are used to uniquely identify the location of that Internet service such as your home, your work, or a restaurant that is providing free WiFi.

    Example IPv4:

    Example Ipv6:           2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334


    Static vs Dynamic

    Static IP:  An IP address that does not change once assigned to your location.  Typically used by businesses.

    Dynamic IP:  A temporarily assigned IP that periodically change behind the scenes.   Most homes and some businesses are assigned dynamic IPs.

    About Tim Summers

    Tim Summers is a long-time nerd and the owner of Diversified Computer Solutions, Inc. Tim has built a reputation within the Dayton, Ohio area as an honest and reliable computer consultant who blends sound business principles with quality technical advice and service. Tim spends most of his waking hours in front of a computer and some of his sleeping hours as well. Currently, Tim splits his time between providing I.T. support services, building websites, and trying to train a high energy Dachshund mix named Gizmo.

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