Just like the address of our place of work or our home, all devices that are connected to the internet must have a 'digital' address assigned to them. As computers function through numbers rather than words this address is in a numerical format comprising of up to 16 numbers grouped into 4 'sections' (the technical term for this style of notation is IPv4 which is the most widely used system for stating an IP address). This series of numbers make up what is known as the IP (Internet Protocol) address.
The IP address has 2 primary functions: -
- To identify the host device online
- Providing the location of said host within a network
As there are so many devices that are connected to the internet the combination of numbers that can be configured within this 16 digit system is more or less endless, theoretically allowing each device to have its own unique IP number. Finding out what your own IP address is pretty straightforward, simply follow this link (http://whatismyv6.com/) and it will show the IP address for the device which you are currently working from. It's worth noting that when you disconnect a device from the internet the IP address of the device may change - as stated above 'theoretically' there are enough IP address to coverall possible devices that are connected to the internet. As there are so many devices that can be connected to the internet these days, its simply not the case that there are enough IP addresses, in fact there is now a shortage of them hence this change that can occur once you log off (in fact the address that is assigned to you is often the IP address of your router rather than separate addresses that are assigned to each of your devices).
IP addresses and their acquisition can become very complicated very quickly so I will end this article here, I would strongly recommend reading around the subject should you be interested in how IP address are assigned (IPv4 and IPv6). Please contact us should you need any advice or assistance. You can reach us by launching a support ticket (open a ticket) with our hosting department, we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.
PS - Did you know that 188.8.131.52 is a valid IP address? This IP address is often used as an internet 'black hole'