posted on Feb, 4 2011 @ 01:11 AM
reply to post by Moose318
FYI- The numbers between the dots are called Octets. They are written that way so that we, as humans, can easily process the numbers as separated
base-10 sets. What they are, in actuality, is a base-10 representation of binary digits, so, there are only 11111111111111111111111111111111 total
available addresses in the IPv4 system. There are a bunch that are reserved and there is an allocation system, but that is beyond the scope of this
message, and I'm not an expert by any means.
I read that the new IPv6 system will allow every human for the next umpteen years to have their own personal IP address for every connectable
device they own
. Essentially, that would eliminate the need for...hmmm, I can't remember...I think it would eliminate the need for LAN's bcause
everybody could connect directly since there would be no need for IP allocation....I'm sure someone will explain it better than me...
Edit- That 11111111111111111111111111111111 is a binary number BTW. I'm not sure what the base-10 equivalent is and I don't feel like looking it up,
but it's a big number in the 10's of billions I believe.
edit on 4-2-2011 by DragonTattooz because: Clarification