addresses are the way the Internet identifies each unique device connected
to the Internet. Every single computer, server, or other Internet-enabled
device is assigned a unique IP address. With such a high number of
addresses and users online today, IP addressing has become a very complex
task. Fortunately, many resources are available online about IP addresses
to explain how they work. Additional issues related to IP addresses, such
as IP privacy and IP address organization, offer insight into the complex
realm of IP addresses.
General Information Exactly
what is an IP address? Visit this
hyperdictionary page to read a brief and accurate
definition. Do you need more than a simple definition to fully understand
the function of an IP address? Webopedia.com
provides a thorough description of an IP address, as well as links to
related Web sites. Another excellent source for IP address information can
be found on this
whatis.com page. Here you will find detailed information about
such topics as IP address classes, uses, and types. For further
information about IP address classes, visit www.freesoft.org/CIE/Topics/26.htm.
3Com provides a downloadable PDF file that contains the article “Understanding
IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know” by Chuck
Semeria. This article provides a lengthy discussion of IP addresses, what
they do now, and how they will change in the future.
IP Address Finders Are
you interested in finding the IP address of a specific Web site? If so,
some Web pages offer an IP address lookup service where you can simply
enter the domain name of a Web site (e.g. www.cnn.com) to
receive the IP address for that site. You can also enter an IP address and
find the corresponding domain name. Link to this
Web page to access easy-to-use IP lookup tools.
Finding your own IP
address is also a simple process thanks to the many Web pages that offer
IP lookup tools. Just click on the links below to detect your IP address
Additional Links Web
sites keep track of subscribers’ IP addresses in order to follow the
number and types of users that are online, route e-mail and data to the
appropriate computer; and even to help with technical problems.
Considering all of this monitoring that is taking place, how does IP
address tracking affect your privacy? Read Yahoo!’s IP
sites handles your IP address.
Visit the home pages of ARIN
(American Registry for Internet
Numbers) and IANA (Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority) for information about how IP addresses are
regulated and the standards that govern the assignment of IP addresses.