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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?

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?

Link-local IP address ranges Link-local addresses may be assigned manually or automatic operating system procedures. They are assigned most often via autoconfiguration. They are normally only used to assign IP addresses when no mechanism of address configuration exists, such as DHCP, or when another configuration method has failed. The ranges and the amount of usable…

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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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