An IP address is the short form of the Internet Protocol address. It is an identifying number for a piece of network hardware.
An IP address is what allows your device to communicate with other devices through an IP-based network like the internet.
IP addresses always look like this:
The IP address is the identity of every network device. Just like every home address has a physical location with an identifiable address. Devices on a network can separately be identified via their IP addresses.
It is with the IP address that you can use to track the particular location of a network device.
Types of IP Address
1. Private IP address
A Private IP address is used “inside” a network, just like the one you run at your home.
The private IP addresses are used to make way for devices to easily communicate with a router and other devices in a private network.
This type of IP address can be set manually or assigned automatically by a router.
2. Public IP address
A Public IP address is used on the “outside” of a network, and an ISP assigns it.
It’s the main address a network uses to communicate with other networked devices around the world.
It provides a way for the devices to reach an ISP, and therefore, the outside world, allowing them to do things such as; access websites and communicate directly with other devices.