Glossary of Printing Terms:
IP Address

Internet Protocol Address

A unique address that devices use in order to identify and communicate with each other on a computer network utilizing the Internet Protocol standard (IP) in simpler terms, a computer address.

Any participating network device-including routers, computers, time-servers, printers, Internet fax machines, and some telephones can have their own unique address.
Also, many people can find personal information through IP addresses.

An IP address can also be thought of as the equivalent of a street address or a phone number (compare: VoIP (voice over (the) internet protocol)) for a computer or other network device on the Internet.

Just as each street address and phone number uniquely identifies a building or telephone, an IP address can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on a network.

IP addresses are managed and created by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

IANA generally allocates super-blocks to Regional Internet Registries, who in turn allocate smaller blocks to Internet service providers and enterprises.


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