IP Addresses Classes
An Internet Protocol address utilizes the TCP/IP program to determine where a device is located on a network. The data or information can reach its appropriate terminal across the internet or network by use of the IP addresses. There are two different types of Internet Protocol addresses having different classes. These are the IPv4 and the IPv6 addresses. The IPv4 is the commonly used in various environments depending on your location.
However, it is also important for users to distinguish between the two addresses. An example of an IPv6 address is 2001: cdba: 0000:0000:0000:0000:3257:9652 which is often longer compared to IPv4. An example of an IPv4 address ranges from 192.0.2.1 to 255.255.255.0. There are also other protocols used for communication by networks and the internet apart from the IP Addresses.
There are five categories of this type of Internet protocol address which include Class A, B, C, D, and E. The first three groups are the ones which are widely used unlike the Class D and Class E.
It is the first class of the IPv4 addresses and ranges from 1.0.0.01 to 188.8.131.52. It is capable of managing sixteen million hosts each having a hundred and twenty-seven networks. The private Internet Protocol addresses in Class C ranges from 10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255.
There is a range that cannot be used in this class and is always held for diagnostic and loopback functions. An example includes the range between 127.0.0.0 to 127.255.255.255.
It is the second class of the IPv4 addresses and ranges from 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11. It is slightly higher than Class A in the number of supported servers. It is capable of managing sixty-five thousand hosts each having sixteen thousand networks. The private Internet Protocol addresses in class B ranges from 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255.
It is the third type of the IPv4 addresses and ranges from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124. This range of internet protocol addresses can support up to two hundred and fifty-four hosts each serving two million networks. The private Internet Protocol addresses in class C ranges from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.
It is the fourth level of the IPv4 addresses and ranges from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52. It is held for the multicast categories of hosts.
It is the fourth level of the IPv4 addresses and ranges from 240.0.00 to 254.255.255.254. It is held for purposes of research and development. It is reserved for future use.