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This tool is open to all web users who need to quickly find their IP address.
It's enough to connect to our homepage to instantly view the IP address you are connected to the Internet with.
For those wishing to know more, the IP address is a numeric code assigned to each terminal belonging to a network of devices that uses a given Internet Protocol for communication.
Practically, the IP address is the set of information that gives our position in the Internet.
In a more simple way, we can think of the Internet as a city and of the IP address as our home address.
When we type our search in the search engine, the results are 'packaged' and sent to our address, so that our device (computer, tablet, etc.) can read them. If our computer didn't have any IP address, it would be impossible to get that information.
The IP Address, which stands for Internet Protocol Address, is in reality a binary number that is displayed for simplicity reasons in four decimal numbers, separated by a dot.
Beyond assigning an ID number to each device, it also provides a network path to reach whatever device from a different point of the network.
The original project, also called IPv4, provided for any IP address a 32-bit number.
The exhaustion problem of available addresses on the network, led to the creation of a new version of IP called IPv6, which uses 128-bit.
The IPv4 addresses are represented by four decimal numbers, each between 0 and 255. The numbers are separated by dots.
Technically, the IP address is divided into two parts. The first part is used for routing at the level of sub-networks and it is assigned by ICANN (the American authority responsible for the allocation of IP addresses, as well as the identification and management of the system of domain names first level) , while the second part (called host) is used for routing at a local level the packets containing data to be transferred.
The assignment of IP addresses can be done in permanent or temporary mode. The permanent mode, commonly called 'static' is characterized by having a single IP address to be used. In the temporary mode, also called dynamic, the assignment of so-called HOST_ID occurs in a range of addresses available, so the IP address of a single device can change over time.
Just out of curiosity, we can add that in some situations the IP addresses are used only in a static mode. That's the case of the addresses IP assigned to a host Domain Name System (DNS). This system is the one used for example to translate domain names into IP addresses. In fact a domain name is nothing else than an IP address translated in Internet language.
In both the old version IPv4 (still in use), and in the new version IPv6, some blocks of addresses are reserved to be assigned to particular uses. To know our IP address at any time you can open a shell and type ifconfig (or ipconfig in some systems). The system works in both Linux and Mac OS X. Obviously, if you are connected to the Internet with a device you can use some websites, like ours, which will return automatically and directly your IP address.
Information is also available in the router configuration panel through you have access to the internet. The control panel of most domestic routers are accessible through your web browser at 192.168.0.0 (check the manual of your router).