The Internet Protocol: Introduction to IPV4

We're finally at the very core of the Internet. This lesson contains an introduction to the Internet protocol!

The Internet Protocol (IP) is the network layer protocol of the TCP/IP protocol suite. The flexibility of IP and its ability to use various types of underlying data link layer technologies is one of its key advantages. The current version of IP is version 4 and is specified in RFC 791. We first describe this version and later touch upon IP version 6, which is expected to replace IP version 4 in the not so distant future.

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