How to make sense out of IP addressing

Take a moment and think about your home address. That’s right — the house or apartment you live in. What is your address?

It probably follows a format like this:

1234 Oak St.
House number Street name

It’s all very logical: if your street has 25 homes on it, all the homes must have a unique house number while sharing a common street name.

Here’s how this relates to IP addresses:

As it turns out, your computer also has an address and it looks something like this:

…and here’s what it means: 100
Network address Computer address

This is also very logical: if your computer network has 5 computers on it (or 50 or 500), all the computers must have a unique computer address while sharing a common network address.

So…why is it called a 32-bit IP address? More on that in another post.

Here's A Few More Related Posts:
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  2. What your garage door opener has in common with Internet addressing
  3. Upgrading Your Used Laptop to Window’s Vista
  4. How does a computer count to 1,024?

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