Internet Protocol addressing, referred to as IP addressing, is an addressing procedure similar to postal addressing. Just as the postal system needs an address system on the packages it delivers, the Internet relies on a system of addressing that all routers can understand. IP addresses are numeric and contain four components. Each component of the address is called an octet and has a value between zero and two hundred, fifty-five. Each router has its own IP address, and routers know which addresses belong to which routes. All networks connected in the Internet speak IP, so they can exchange messages. For more information on IP addressing, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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