The Internet is running out of IP addresses – Yahoo! Canada News


VANCOUVER – There are billions of computers, phones and other gadgets connected to the Internet from all over the world, but soon there will be no room left for anyone new to join them.

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Every piece of technology connected to the Net has an Internet Protocol or IP address — a unique string of numbers that identifies each device and directs information its way.

And the world is about to run out.

The current system for assigning IP addresses, known as IPv4, uses a format that allows for 4.3 billion different combinations. But there are so many already being used that experts predict they will all be gone by next year.

via The Internet is running out of IP addresses – Yahoo! Canada News.

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