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What is the difference between URL and IP Address?

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Denton Perez

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Denton Perez
Denton Perez, Professor, High School, Utah

Answered Dec 04, 2020

An IP address refers to a set of numbers assigned to the network interface of each computer, and other devices when they connect to the internet or a local network. The idea behind an IP address goes beyond this sequence of numbers; it makes it easier for computers to exchange data.

Each time a computer is connected to the internet, a unique IP address is assigned to the computer. On the other hand, URL or Uniform Resource Locator refers to the address of a webpage that allows internet users to access a particular resource on their computer once they connect to the internet.

The URL contains about four elements. These elements are location, protocol, hostname, path. All these elements are always included in the URL so that internet users can easily locate the resources they want to access on the internet. A perfect example of an URL ishttps://eehooioo.com/difference-url-ip-address/.

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A. Daniels

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A. Daniels
A. Daniels, Professor, San Diego

Answered Oct 23, 2020


URLs and IP addresses are related to the internet. URL is an abbreviation for Uniform Resource Location. It holds many things related to the internet, including the protocol, domain names, and other resources that are found on the Internet. IP is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol. Each network interface on a computer or any other device that connects to the internet will have an IP address.

The purpose of this is to distinguish the different devices on the network. It comes in numeric form, and it is unique to the device. URL takes you to a page on the Internet. An IP address gives information on who is using the device.

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A. Cook

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A. Cook, English Professor, M.A, Ph.D, Kentucky

Answered Oct 08, 2020

An IP address is a shortcut for the internet protocol address. This is in charge of checking out what are the computers that are connected to the internet. One of the reasons why it is easier for some people to be detected, especially when they do something wrong, is because of their IP address.

URL is known to be a resource locator wherein the location on a particular address of a site is found. Some people may use an IP address instead of a URL at times, but most of the time, it would only end up in an error message. These two are meant to use for different things for sure.

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M. Krasinski

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M. Krasinski
M. Krasinski, Content Writer, Columbus

Answered May 06, 2020

Although URL and IP Address is usually referred to as identifiers, there are some differences between the two. An IP address is a number assigned to the network interface of every computer or other device which is active on a network supporting the Internet Protocol in order to distinguish each network interface from others.

On the other hand, a URL or Uniform Resource Locator consists of so many things such as the domain name, the protocol, and other Internet resources. From the explanation given above, the only difference between the two is that they are pointing to two different things entirely.

Another difference is that an IP address can be part of an URL, while IP address is a unique set of numbers, specifically assigned to identify the network interface of every computer plus its location. Another difference is that a URL takes you straight to whatever you want on the Internet, while an IP address is pointing to a computer.

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