What Is My IP Address?

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What is an IP Address?

An IP address (Internet Protocol Address) is a unique identification code assigned to every device connected to the internet. Think of it as your digital address that enables devices to communicate with each other over the network. It helps direct data traffic to the right location, just like your postal address ensures letters and packages are delivered to your home.

IPv4

IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) has been the dominant standard since the internet was created. An IPv4 address consists of 32 bits and is usually written as four decimal numbers separated by dots, for example, 192.0.2.1. Due to its limited address space – allowing for about 4.3 billion unique addresses – the availability of new IPv4 addresses has decreased as the internet has grown.

IPv6

IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) was introduced to address the shortage of available addresses in IPv4 and support the continued expansion of the internet. IPv6 addresses consist of 128 bits, providing a virtually unlimited number of unique addresses. They are written as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits separated by colons, for example, 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334. IPv6 offers not only more addresses but also improved features in terms of security and network efficiency.

Transition from IPv4 to IPv6

The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 has been gradual and is still ongoing. Many devices and networks now support both protocols to ensure compatibility and smooth communication over the internet. This dual-stack strategy allows devices to communicate across both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Despite the many advantages of IPv6 and the growing need for more IP addresses, the use of IPv6 is not yet universal, partly due to transition costs and the complexity of upgrading existing infrastructure. However, the number of IPv6 connections continues to increase globally, driving the internet’s evolution towards a more robust and scalable future.