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Does Your IP Address Keep Changing? Here’s Why

For most of us who are everyday computer users, our IP addresses are provided by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), typically a cable company such as Cox Communications, Time-Warner Cable or a phone company such as AT&T. Once you set up an account with an ISP, they will automatically assign you a unique IP address.…

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How does geolocation work?

Geolocation Accuracy Stats

Summary of user-reported accuracy of geolocation services over the past 90 days. Distance W3C Quova MaxMind IP2Location 0-2 km 49% 58% 33% 26% 2-10 km 8% 13% 10% 8% 10-25 km 4% 4% 7% 5% 25-50 km 3% 3% 5% 8% 50-100 km 3% 3% 5% 5% 100-250 km 3% 3% 7% 7% 250-500 km…

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How does geolocation work?

IP Geolocation

How Does an IP Address Give Away Your Location? While it’s true that your IP address doesn’t reveal your address or identity, it can reveal to someone what city or even general area you are in…within several miles in some instances. And it does it in an instant. (Remember—only people with some technical know-how can…

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What is IPv4/IPv6 Dual Stack?

Understanding IPv4/IPv6 Dual Stack for Networking

The Internet world is shifting to an entirely new IP address format because we’ve run completely out of current IPv4-type addresses. And it’s a serious issue. The new IP address format is called IPv6, and it’s been around for a while, waiting in the wings. The IPv6 format creates an IP address with a much…

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TCP/IP Simplified

As we all know, computers are a combination of hardware (computers, monitors, and modems/routers) and software applications or programs (word processing, spreadsheet/accounting programs, etc.). The same goes for networking: Both hardware and software are involved—and the heart of the networking software, which is built into your computer, is TCP/IP…the international standardized guidelines for network communications.…

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What is a TCP/IP Packet and How Does It Work?

In its simplest form, a packet is the basic unit of information in network transmission. Most networks use TCP/IP as the network protocol, or set of rules for communication between devices, and the rules of TCP/IP require information to be split into packets that contain both a segment of data to be transferred and the…

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What is a IPv6?

5 Things to Know About the NEW IP Address Format

It’s called IPv6. Now before we go much further, let’s review the IP address just a bit. You don’t have to have a driver’s license with you to drive a car—a policeman would disagree—but that’s a fact. However, if you want to go on the Internet, you definitely do need an IP address…every time…no matter…

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What Is Localhost?

If you’re not a network administrator and/or you don’t run a help desk, do you need to know what localhost means? The answer is no. If you want to impress the IT people who come to fix your computer or get your network working again, you may want to know what localhost is. If you’re…

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What is a Link-Local IP Address?

A link-local address is a network address that is valid only for communication within the local network segment or the link that a device is connected to. These addresses are not routable, meaning they cannot be used to communicate with devices outside the local network. Link-local addresses are used primarily for automatic address configuration, neighbor…

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What is a IPv6?

What Will the Switch to IPv6 Look Like?

There are two versions of IP addresses: IPv4 and IPv6, as in “version 4” and “version 6.” IPv4 is the version that most of us are familiar with and use. (It’s not our choice: We use whatever protocol our Internet Service Provider (ISP) uses. Read our article for more information on the two.) IPv6 is…

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IPv6 Coming Soon

Will You Be Getting a New-Looking IP Address Soon? As reported in several articles first seen here on WhatIsMyIPAddress.com, the world ran out of IP addresses sometime in the fall of 2015. But, as you’ve probably noticed, your computer hasn’t crashed, you can still go on the Internet and your trusty regular IP address is…

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What is a IPv6?

Is Your Internet Service Provider Ready for IPv6?

As you might have read (if you’ve visited WhatIsMyIPAddress.com before), the IP address “look” and format that has been in usage for a few decades is going to be replaced by a new format called IPv6 (for “version 6”). The transition is going to be huge…when and however that happens. It all stems from the…

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Questions About IPv6 Answered Clearly

Do You Have IPv6 Questions? Here Is What You Need to Know

Don’t worry if you don’t understand much about IP addresses and all the news surrounding the new IP address format called IPv6. The fact is, very few people are even are aware there is such a thing as an IP address, even though it’s vital to connecting to them to the Internet. If you’re a…

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IPv6. Is It Messing Things Up for You?

Routers, VPNs, and other services struggle to connect. If you’ve been following articles on WhatIsMyIPAddress.com, then maybe you know a little about IPv6. If you don’t, here’s a quick recap: IPv6 is the new IP address format that is already beginning to replace the current format, known as IPv4. (Actually, it was simply known as…

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IPv6 Deployment Hits 10 Percent on Its 20th Birthday

According to The Beatles, “It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.” That’s not all that happened 20 years ago. In 1983 something known as RFC 1883 was published. It dealt with “Internet Protocol, Version 6 (IPv6).” That was two decades ago. But IPv6’s time has come…slowly, but surely. (If…

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Answers to Technical Questions About IPv6

For businesses and organizations. (July 2015) Is IPv6 ready for deployment now? Yes it is. The Three Ps of deployment are in place. The Protocol. The IPv6 Protocol benefited from 10 years of development within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and it’s been tested in both research and operational environments. IPv6 offers a large…

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How Many IP Addresses Are Left? Almost None.

The IPv4 Address Shortage Problem Has Arrived

When a company like Microsoft starts running into some technical problems with IP addresses, you know that trouble is brewing. In early 2015, a network expert at Microsoft said to an audience at a vast networking industry conference, “We’ve been having a hard time.” The problem seems to have somewhat crept up on them. What…

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The 4 Parts of IPv4 IP Addressing: Your Ultimate Guide

Why Is Your IP Address Broken into Four Sections? Most likely, you’ve already checked your IP address at WhatIsMyIPAddress.com a few times. Usually you’re just checking to see if it’s changed or not. Your IP address at home will be different from the IP address at your work office. And that IP address will be…

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Companies Looking for IPv4 Addresses are Turning to the Open Market

“Buddy, Can You Spare an IP Address?” It sounds ridiculous, but some IT heads for major companies just might be saying something like that to someone like Mr. Elvis Velea. That’s because Mr. Velea is an IP address broker: an entrepreneur who is simply taking advantage of the law of supply and demand. When the…

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What Is Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)?

What is IPv6? Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a network layer protocol that enables data communications over a packet switched network. Packet switching involves the sending and receiving of data in packets between two nodes in a network. The working standard for the IPv6 protocol was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)…

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IP Services: Tools for Better Online Experience

Below are a variety of services that we attempt to detect running at any specific IP address. You can use an ip tool also. None We are not able to detect any specific services running at this IP address. However, it does not mean there are none. Suspected Network Sharing Device We believe that this…

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What Does Your IP Address Tell The World About You?

What Your IP Address Reveals About You to the World

As you probably already know, your IP address is the address or logical location of your computer when it’s connected to the Internet. Networking software/hardware must know your IP address for you to connect and go online. Thankfully, you don’t need to know your IP address every time and enter it in, like a password.…

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How IP Protocols Make Your Life Easy

The details of an IP address and all the technology behind it is important mostly to IT guys, the Internet Technology experts who connect computers at your work or who design the networking hardware and software for your computers. Thank goodness they have done such a good job that you never have to think about…

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The IP Address Panic of 2015

What if the U.S. telephone companies suddenly ran out of phone numbers? What kind of panic, if any, would it cause? Though nowhere near as dramatic, that was somewhat the situation facing many North American companies in the summer of 2015…mostly large technical companies that rely on the Internet and networks to survive. But it…

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IP Addresses By the Numbers: Understanding IP Address Structure

Your IPv4 address is a series of numbers and dots, the string of numbers is separated by the dots into four sections, and not all IP addresses have the same number of digits. Your IP address identifies one computer, or one “host,” as they’re referred to on networks. Every device on a TCP/IP network has…

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