What Is An IP and What Are The Different Kinds of IPs

What Is An IP?

It is an acronym for internet protocol. This is generally a set of rules controlling the form of data sent through a specific network. As a result, IP addresses are a set of numbers assigned to a particular network. This makes devices visible to the server and accessible for communication.

How Do IPs Work?

They act as channels for communication on the web. These are mainly composed of numbers that are unique for every device. All devices connect through this set of numbers. They find, send, and receive information through the help of IP addresses. This means one can also track down a person’s location just by knowing that.
Every person’s digital device connected to the internet will have two (2) types: Public and Private.


Every device connected to your home or business internet network has its own unique private IP addresses. This includes smartphones, laptops, computers, Bluetooth speakers, etc. Your router may need to find a way to identify each one of these devices and for these devices to recognize each other. Therefore, your router will create an exclusive address, which will differentiate each one from the network.


A Public IP Address is the primary address given by your internet service provider (ISP). Internet providers have a large pool of IP addresses distributed to customers. This primary address links to all your internet activity. This means your provider will know what’s happening on their servers. This includes their customers’ location. 
There are actually two (2) types: the dynamic and the static. 

Dynamic vs. Static 

A dynamic IP address changes automatically in a certain period. This method of assigning is actually beneficial for both the provider and the customer. While it may be costly for your ISP, you as a customer will get security benefits, too. This is because regular changes in IP addresses make it hard for hackers to barge into your network interface.
A static IP address, on the other hand, remains constant. Once your ISP assigns it, it will stay as-is over time as long as you connect to their server. With this, it is quite rare since only businesses who wish to come up with their own host server will get a static IP address from a service provider. Otherwise, they can get it by request.


Your IP address is similar to your Social Security Number. While it is unique to the device, it is to ensure that communication on the internet is correct. Plus, the information received is accurate. Go to The Social Proxy’s blog section for more information.

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