What Is An IP Address? Where Do I Find My IP Address?

what is an IP address

Introduction:

Hey you!! Yes I am addressing you. Fellow do you want to know What is an IP address, what can someone do with your IP address, it’s configuration and some other conflict issues related to internet protocol address? Then be happy because all this is explained in this article. In addition to this you will get some more awesome information related to this topic. Some of the points discussed in this article are:

  • IP address classes
  • How to change router IP?
  • It’s security
  • Static and private IP address.
  • Difference between public and private IP address
  • Spoofing

what is an IP address?

It works as an identifier. Full form of of IP is Internet protocol. It has 4 numbers which are separated by dots and there are at most 3 numbers in between the dots. The numbers are in the the range of 0 to 255. By using this unique address we are able to share information on internet.

internet protocol address:

It works as locator that locates nodes with in a network. The address is unique. By using it computers can communicate to the internet. It is used to differentiate between the devices that are found online.

IP address classes:

Classes tell that which bits are being used for the identification of a network.There are 5 classes A,B,C,D, and E. They are assigned a specific range. Class A,B and C can also be used as host addresses.

  • Class A= 0 to 127
  • Class B= 128 to 191
  • Class C=192 to 223
  • Class D= 224 to 239
  • Class E= 240 to 255

where do i find it?

You can easy find it using IP config in command prompt. Just type the command and it will be displayed to you. The command for this is different on Linux operating system.

You can also find it in control panel in internet and  network category. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Open control panel
  2. Under network and internet go to ‘view network status’
  3. Then click on Ethernet.
  4. From there click on details and your desired information will be inform of you

Dynamic and static IP address:

If the address assigned is not changeable then it is termed as static and if it can be changed then it is referred to as dynamic. VPN is an example of static.

Static addresses do not change that’s why they are easy to remember. Security is a main issue in static ones. Dynamic ones are not the permanent ones.

 IPv4 address:

It is none other than the fourth version. It’s header packet has fourteen fields

difference between public and private IP address:

They are also termed as internal and external ones. Public is the unique one and is assigned to connect to internet. This is given by ISP. By this address computers can be identified online and share information and data. The public one is easily accessible over the internet. Thus it helps in direct access. It requires modem

The private one (also called internal ) is added by your router. It is used to identify device with in a specific network. It is used in creating a Private network. The devices that are not in your network wont be able to see the Private address assigned to the devices within your network. They are used in LAN. It requires router.

who owns IP address?

Do you want to find the owner of an internet protocol address> well the task is not that much difficult. There are many ‘who is’ site available on internet, you can find using them quite easily. Just enter the address and the owner name will be displayed to you.

self assigned IP:

In Some operating system the self assigned ones become a quite big issue. Facing this issue you want be able to connect to internet and thus will be in a great trouble but believe me the solution is not much difficult as you are thinking of  this moment, just relax, the solution for this issue is described below:

To solve this issue you may need to reset the firewall and then restart your device. After that try connecting to internet. If it is not resolved then go in the settings and check the network preferences.

windows has detected an IP address conflict:

When you are connected to any connection by Ethernet then sub net mask, default gateway and other details are to be entered, when you plug it to some another device then this error appears mostly.

In this problem there might be some issue with the DHCP server. Some possible solutions to this problem are:

  • Restart the router
  • Use the ipconfig/all, ipconfig/release and ipconfig/renew command in the command prompt and then check.
  • Go in the properties of the network you are using by right clicking the network and then selecting properties. Then in the settings choose the option obtain IP address automatically.
  • This issue might be because of IPV6 also.

how to change it?

There are many reasons to do. It might happen that your address has been blocked by any website online or any game. You can use a VPN for this purpose also. You need to change the address from router if you want to be seen online with a different address. For this switch it off, then turn it on again and open the ISP interface. Some settings need to be done here from ISP interface.

To change the address of a computer go to control plane. Your will need to do some setting there.

IP address security issues:

It’s security is very much important. You have no idea what someone can do with your address. Your location can be detected by using it. Some unknown stuff can be downloaded using your IP from internet. Even your network can get attacked also.

So be safe follow the guidelines below:

  • Use a Virtual Private Network as explained above.
  • Keep updating your firewalls.
  • Keep an eye on your anti-virus and update it regularly.

 spoofing IP:

It means to create address by some false sources. You can be secured form it by packet filtering. In spoofing false data is added.

Final Words:

I don’t think now You will be asking to people What is an IP address, it’s tracker, security, router and some other internet protocol address Issues. This article will have surely give you some value-able piece of information. If you still have some question, leave them in the comments section below.

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