IP address

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Short for Internet Protocol address.

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IP address (plural IP addresses)

  1. (Internet) A number assigned to each computer's or other device's network interface(s) which are active on a network supporting the Internet Protocol, in order to distinguish each network interface (and hence each networked device) from every other network interface anywhere on the network.

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When necessary, the specific version of the Internet Protocol being used is often stated:

  • IPv4 address (32 bits, normally written out in dotted decimal form, e.g. 127.242.0.19).
  • IPv6 address (128 bits, normally written out as eight groups of four hexadecimal digits, e.g. 2001:db8:85a3::8a2e:370:7334).

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