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What is an IP Address?

The abbreviation IP stands for ‘Internet Protocol’. An IP address alludes to an interesting string of numbers, separated by full stops, that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a system.

There are basically two types of IP addresses. These may be dynamic IP addresses or static IP addresses.

Static IP addresses, as the name proposes, do not change, and contain information, for example, the continent, country, city or the region where the computer is located and also the ISP (Internet Service Provider) and other technical information.

Static IP addresses are generally favored for gaming, Voice over Internet Protocol and so on. They are often considered to be less secure than dynamic IP addresses.

Dynamic IP addresses, on the other hand, are assigned each time a computer joins a system. They are assigned via DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). These are basically taken from a pool of IP addresses that are shared among many computers.

IP addresses have also been separated into classes, namely, Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D and Class E.

The IP address Router login is often considered the default gateway for many switches. The numbers from to allude to a piece of held IP addresses which are totally private and cannot be directed on the internet.

These IP addresses are important for NAT, which alludes to Network Address Translation. They also play a key part in mitigating the total exhaustion of the IPv4 address space as we transition to IPv6 by allowing many devices to share a single open IP address. There may be thousands of devices that share IP addresses in this particular private range of addresses.

The first and the last IP address of the range are not usable and the remaining IP addresses are used for some reasons. It is, therefore, conceivable to have 254 devices on a particular system because all the devices in the system ought to have one of a kind IP addresses.

An addressing conflict is said to happen when two devices on the same local system claim to have the same IP address.

Fixing the Issues

One may often face inconvenience reaching the switch login page in case of the IP address The reasons for not being able to reach the login page may include entering a wrong IP address, a hardwired connection configuration issue, a bad Ethernet connection, or issues related with the switch or the IP address.

These issues may be solved by either checking if the IP address has been entered accurately and all the connections have been made effectively, or by power cycling. Power cycling happens to be one of the speediest ways and often demonstrates very useful. Changing the cables may work if the fault was with the cables.

In the case where you are able to reach the login page and still face mistakes or other issues, make sure that you are entering the right username and password.

Viewing the IP Address

Keeping in mind the end goal to see the IP address for Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, the IPCONFIG command is used. The means for this have been listed as takes after.

  • Tap on the Start button and then select Run/Start Search.
  • Type CMD or COMMAND in the crate.
  • Press the key Enter.
  • Then type IPCONFIG.
  • Press Enter again.

In case of Windows 8, the methodology is marginally different. It involves pressing and holding the windows key along with X at the same time and then typing IPCONFIG in the container. Finally press Enter.

These strategies in their particular versions of Windows will restore the IP address of your switch.

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