If you are in the business of manufacturing electronic devices, investing in unique IP addresses for those devices will be one of the biggest investments in your new products. Most manufacturers who are new to this technical process do find themselves a little in the dark about how IP addresses work and how they are obtained. Take a look at some of the common questions about IP addresses and the answers you will want to know as you get started.
What is the difference between IPv4 and IPv6?
IPv4 is the original internet protocol that was created several years ago. Because the internet has grown to be such a massive part of everyday life and so many devices need their own identifying address, IPv6 was created to accommodate the growing demands. According to Linksys, the IPv4 protocol only allows for just over four billion individual IP addresses, but IPv6 will supply an indefinite number of unique addresses, which means it will be better capable of growing with changing demands in the future.
Can IP addresses be reused once they are no longer in use by another device?
In general terms, yes, they can be. However, this rule applies to only specific types of IP addresses. For example, IP addresses may be recycled if the item they belong to is no longer in service. For instance, IP addresses that were originally assigned to devices from 20 years ago are likely not going to still be in use by those devices. It is possible when you buy a block of IP addresses that you will get some recycled IP addresses, but these addresses are properly filtered and checked out so they can safely be reused on new devices.
How much are IP addresses?
IP addresses are a little more in high demand now, especially IPv4s that are sometimes deemed to be in limited supply. According to ARIN (American Registry for Internet Numbers), a block of 24 or less will cost you about $250. Of course, the price you pay will depend on where you buy the IP addresses you need and the services that will be provided along with those IP addresses once they are owned.
Getting to know more about IP addresses will help you better understand the whole role you play as a device manufacturer. Reach out to an IP address seller to find out more information about buying IP addresses.