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Learn about IP addresses

In the sections below we explain what is an IP address, what is your IP location, the different types of IP addresses, and how to mask your IP address.

What is an IP address?

An IP (Internet Protocol) address is a unique identifier for each device on a network, such as the internet.

The primary purpose of an IP address is to allow devices find and communicate with each other. Without specific IP addresses, devices wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other over the internet.

In other words, IP addresses are somewhat comparable to postal addresses.

In a typical household, there are multiple devices connected to a single internet connection through a router (or combination of routers). In this scenario, all these devices have the same public IP Address.

If one of these devices (e.g. your cell phone) is connected to the internet through a wireless carrier, it would have a different IP address than a device connected to your home router (and through an internet service provider).

The secondary purpose of an IP address is for location addressing. In other words, to place your device in a approximate physical location in the world (also known as geolocation).

How do I check my IP address?

Checking your IP address is very easy. Use our tool from any web browser and it’ll display: your IP address (IPv4 and/or IPv6), IP location, hostname, and user agent.

You can also use a script to check your IP address automatically.

How does my device get assigned an IP address?

When you connect to the internet, your internet provider (wireless carrier, local internet service provider, etc) assigns you an IP address.

There are different types of IP addresses available: IPv4, IPv6, static and dynamic. We explain each type in the section below.

A web-connected device is assigned an IP address in order to find, send and receive information from other devices connected to the internet.

What is an IPv4 address?

There are two types of IP address protocols in use around the world: IPv4 (IP4) and IPv6 (IP6).

IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) was introduced in 1981, way before the huge growth of internet-connected devices.

IPv4 uses a 32-bit address structure, which supports approximately 4.3 billion IP addresses.

Each IPv4 address is unique and will usually look like this: The IP address is separated into four fields of digits, with each field representing a ‘byte.’

IPv4 is still the most-used Internet Protocol (78-80% penetration), however IP4 addresses are running out quickly.

With increasing numbers of people around the world using the internet, there just aren’t enough IPv4 addresses for every internet user.

What is an IPv6 address?

First introduced in 1995, IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) solves the supply problem of IPv4 addresses.

Differently to IPv4, IPv6 uses 128-bit addresses, which gives IPv6 a capacity of up to 340 undecillion IP addresses!

Here is an example of what an IPv6 address looks like: 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334.

IPv6 addresses aren’t as widespread as IPv4, but if you’ve been assigned one then you should experience faster, safer and more reliable internet data transfers.

According to a Google study, global IPv6 adoption currently sits between 20% and 22%. However, in the US IPv6 penetration is over 30%.

You should note that a device using an IPv4 address can’t communicate with another device (or server) using IPv6.

What is a public IP address?

IP addresses come in two types: public and private.

Your public IP address is the IP address visible to other devices you connect to on the internet. It’s also known as the ‘external’ IP address.

For example, when you visit Top10vpn.com without a VPN, we can see your public IP address and we’ll display it in our tool (don’t worry, we won’t store your IP address!).

Typically, if someone talks about an “IP Address” they are referring to their public IP address, not their private IP.

What is a private IP address?

Your private IP address is the IP address assigned within your internal network, for example at home or at your office.

If you have devices connected to your home or office router, the router will assign each device a private IP address. This lets the router distinguish internet traffic going to and from each device.

Importantly, when you visit an external website or open up a mobile application, only your public IP address is visible.

Private IP ranges

Private IP addresses look different to public IP addresses, and fall into these three ranges:

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To see your private IP addresses, you’ll have to log into your router using the details provided by your router vendor or supplier, or look at the network settings on your device.

Static vs. dynamic IP address

When your ISP assigns you a public IP address, you’ll either get a static or a dynamic address.

Static public IP addresses

A static public IP address means that your IP address will always remain the same. That’s unless you switch ISP, or you relocate.

Static IP addresses make connecting remotely to your computer or other home equipment easier, because your IP address never changes.

However, static IP addresses do pose some security risks. Since the IP address never changes, it’s easier for hackers to locate the relevant DNS server.

For residential connections, most ISPs assign dynamic public IP addresses. This means your IP address will change over time – typically when your router reconnects to the ISP after a reboot or network outage.

Dynamic public IP addresses

Dynamic IP addresses are assigned by Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers and change over time. Your IP address can change a few times a year, or several times a month.

ISPs are increasingly assigning dynamic IP addresses because they cost less to maintain. They can be frequently re-used and re-assigned to devices connecting to the internet. As opposed to having each customer always using the same static IP address.

In practice, having a dynamic IP address doesn’t change the way you use the internet. However, dynamic IP addresses make remotely accessing computers, equipment or web resources more difficult.

For instance, to connect to your PC or Webcam remotely, you need to know your IP address. That can become a problem if your IP address changes regularly.

You have two options to fix remote access issues caused by frequently changing IP addresses:

  • Ask your internet service provider for a static IP address.

What is my IP Location?

When an IP checker tool detects an IP address, it will query a database to find the specific area in the world where the IP address is mapped to. This ‘area’ is known as your IP’s geolocation.

IP address locations are not the most accurate, but they do reveal in which city you appear to be located, and who your internet service provider is.