Unique 32-bit long code
number which each computer
through its internet access provider (IAP)
for connecting to the internet
. This address
is in 'a.b.c.d' format
where each letter
(separated by a period) is a number with value
from 0 to 255. However, every computer connected to the internet also has a domain name
(consisting of a maximum of 20 alphanumeric
characters) which is easier to remember than its associated
IP address. Specialized computers (called 'domain name servers' translate the domain names into their corresponding IP addresses so that the recipient
(target) computers can be located and the data
is correctly routed.
Also called web address
. See also uniform resource locator.