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Check your IP address and find out what your public IPv4 and IPv6 address is revealing about your location; city, region, country, ISP.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are the unique numbers assigned to every computer or device that is connected to the Internet. Among other important functions, they identify every device connected to the Internet, whether it is a web server, smartphone, mail server, or laptop. After years of rapid Internet expansion, the pool of available unallocated addresses for the original Internet Protocol, known as IPv4, has been fully allocated to Internet Services Providers (ISPs) and users. That’s why we need IPv6, the next generation of the Internet protocol that has a massively bigger address space than IPv4.
IP address is a shorter way of saying Internet Protocol address. IP addresses are the numbers assigned to computer network interfaces. Although we use names to refer to the things we seek on the Internet, such as www.example.org, computers translate these names into numerical addresses so they can send data to the right location. So when you send an email, visit a web site, or participate in a video conference, your computer sends data packets to the IP address of the other end of the connection and receives packets destined for its own IP address.
An IP Address is analogous to a Internet telephone number. When your computer sends information to the network (Intranet / Internet) is stamped with your IP Address, so that the information that is being sent to your device can be sent to the proper device (telephone number).