VPN-UPLINK - Encyclopedia: IP Address
An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique number, similar in concept to a telephone number, used by devices (usually computers) attached to a network to refer to each other when sending information through a Local LAN, Wide area WAN or the Internet networks. This allows devices passing the information onwards on behalf of the sender to know where to send it next, and for the device receiving the information to know that it is the intended destination.
An example IP address is 18.104.22.168. Converting a number address to a more human-readable form called a domain address (www.wikipedia.org) is done via the Domain Name System. The process of conversion is known as resolution of the domain name.
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