IP: Internet Protocol

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Internet Protocol

Strictly, Internet protocol is the set of rules governing the exchange of data across networks, making the internet possible.

However, most people use “IP” as shorthand for “IP Address” which is a numeric label for something which lives on a network.

You’re likely used to the “dotted quad” notation: (which is common notation for IPv4). But if you haven’t already, you’ll soon start seeing IPv6 addresses. They’re a pain for humans to communicate at 4x the length, but they provide roughly 8 octillion TIMES more addresses than IPv4.

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