What's an IP address?

It's like your house, if your house could walk around

The TL;DR

Houses have street addresses, and computers have IP addresses. 

  • IP addresses are the way that computers on a network know who’s who, just like on your block at home

  • IP addresses are usually only unique within a local network, but there are tons of networks out there

  • IP addresses are mostly IPv4 (32 bits), but the internet is outgrowing that standa…

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