What Does IP Stand For

Do you know, what does IP stand? You may need to in order to comprehend how computers are identified in networking. IP stands for Internet Protocol, and is part of a larger acronym-TCP/IP, or Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. The IP address is a series of protocols, or communication methods, that computers use to "talk" to each other across a network.

The Transmission Control Protocol, or TCP, is a series of protocol layers that share different network tasks. For example, some layers of TCP specifically translate data to be shared within a network, while other layers deal with reliable communication links. TCP also works to verify correct transmission and preserve data correctly.

The IP focuses more on information packets, which is a method of communication over a network that groups data being transmitted. These segments of data are not grouped based on content or structure, but rather by size in order to solidify the communication links and optimize the available volume of those links.

Numbers And IP
The unique numbers assigned to a computer follow a specific pattern-they are not just a randomly generated sequence with no method. The series of numbers is divided into four segments or bytes, each separated by a decimal. Each of the number groups has a range up to 255. This allows for more than 4 trillion combinations.

The numbers represent the different classes of IP addresses. The largest networks operate in Class A (large organizations) through to Class E. There are other classes that are not true operating classes, such as broadcast and loopback. The first three bytes can identify the class, while the last byte is an identifier for each particular computer.

Problems With IP Addresses
There is a possibility of assigning an IP address to two separate computers. This situation causes confusion because other computers may erratically contact one or the other. Computer users in this situation may receive a conflict warning, or they may just experience a computer that behaves irregularly. In the event of conflicting IP addresses, the computer user can switch to a new IP address or refresh a dynamic IP address to eliminate problems.

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What is an IP address? An IP address helps to identify your computer once it makes contact with a network.

To change IP address information, you can either refresh a dynamic IP address or mask your IP address with proxy software.

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To get your computer IP address, you can find it through the Web, the Command prompt or My Network Places in Windows.

If you are interested in finding your IP address to find out how you are identified online, you have several simple options, and you can also decide if you want to hide your address from others.

To change IP address information, you can either refresh a dynamic IP address or mask your IP address with proxy software.

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