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Beyond this, internal IP addresses are assigned within local networks and are not outwardly visible. This means that each device that dials in to a private wireless network is allocated its own IP address. The router automatically generates an IP address that changes with each browsing session. The Windows "ipconfig" command allows you to access the address data of a device in a local network. Mac OS users must enter "ipconfig" in the terminal. The router itself also has an IP address, which can be viewed using the same command. The IP address of the router is often called the standard gateway and consists of a static sequence of numbers, commonly 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. You can set up a fixed IP address in the network settings.
Along with dynamic IP addresses, static addresses are also used – most commonly if the IP in question belongs to a website, as websites are supposed to be easy to find for the users. This is why the Domain Name System (DNS) was introduced. A domain like ionos.co.uk is much easier to remember than a seemingly meaningless number sequence. Every domain in turn leads to a web server with a fixed IP Address.
Your IP address is never just a random sequence of numbers or letters. Specific IP areas are allocated to certain providers, or to big companies. There is no country code, like the one found in telephone numbers, when it comes to IP addresses though. Rather the IP address can be found through the so-called dial-up node. It also shows which browser and operating system is being used. The internet provider can receive information on the user's online behavior during a web browsing session through the IP address. The regulations on what happens to this data after the browsing session is finished also varies depending on the country.
To subvert the router's firewall, so called "ports" are enabled to allow external access. To dial in to the game server, gamers need the IP address of the server. The exact configuration of the firewall depends on both the operating system and on the game server or SFTP software.
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