IP Adress Query

  NotSureBoutThis 04:35 12 Nov 2006
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Anyone explain how an IP address works?

Does my computer always have the same IP address?

Can anyone see my IP address?

Can anyone trace my IP address to my home?

Just looking around the web, I came across this: click here

This got me wondering, is my IP address private.

  mgmcc 08:31 12 Nov 2006

Every computer connected to the internet has an IP address and this is normally allocated to your computer by your Internet Service Provider when you connect.

<<< Does my computer always have the same IP address? >>>

Generally, you will not have the same IP address, particularly with ADSL or Dialup access. Some ISPs offer the facility to have a "static" IP address, which doesn't change and which may be required particularly by businesses. This is normally more expensive. With Cable broadband, where the Cable Modem is permanently powered on, the IP address will normally only change if a different network adapter connects to it.

<<< Can anyone see my IP address? >>>

Yes because you couldn't do anything online if your IP address wasn't "visible". Everything you download, including accessing web pages, involves sending packets of data to your IP address.

<<< Can anyone trace my IP address to my home? >>>

No, it can be traced back to your ISP

To see what your IP address is click here

  NotSureBoutThis 19:58 12 Nov 2006

mgmcc

Thanks for putting my mind at rest.

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