What is an IP Address?
(Internet Protocol Address)
Every system connected to the Internet has a unique IP address, which consists of a string of numbers that identifies a computer
or server on the Internet. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers ( 192.168.10.1 ) separated
by periods, for example, 188.8.131.52 is your IP address.
Computers have no problems with locating and remembering numeric addresses. In contrast, most humans have trouble remembering long,
complicated sequences of numbers. So, to make surfing the web easier, the DNS domain name system was invented. This system allows
people to use easy to remember names for web sites instead of those numbers.
So what are a few of the the reasons you would want to know your IP Address?
- "Remote Access" applications such as PCAnywhere are just one reason you need to find your IP address. You need to know your
IP Address in order to use this Remote Access Applications. These Remote Access Applications allow you to access your PC
from another PC over a network. XP also offers a Remote Access applicatiom to connect 2 PCs. As a note you can use these
Remote Access applications over most connections from your home or office. Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN),
ADL, Cable, ISDN and even dialup phone connection work well with Remote Access applications.
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- "Multi-user Internet Games" also require you need to know your IP Address.