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IP Addresses and IPv6 FAQ

What is an IP address?

Every device connected to the Internet has an IP Address. An IP address is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to the Internet to help identify its location within the network.

IP version 4 (IPv4) is the fourth revision of the Internet Protocol, and is the first version to be widely deployed on the Internet. An IPv4 address is a code, consisting of four sets of numbers from 0 to 255 separated by three dots, which identifies a particular computer on the Internet. Every computer, whether it be a Web server or the computer you are using right now, must possess an IP address to connect to the Internet. Cogeco assigns your computer a temporary or dynamic IP address each time you log on.

IPv4 Address Example:

  • 4 groups of octets expressed separately in decimal notation and separated by periods.
  • IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and provides for approximately 4.3 billion (232) addresses.

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