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Internet Protocol (IP) - Definition

Internet Protocol (IP) is a routable protocol in the TCP/IP protocol suite that is responsible for IP addressing, routing, and the fragmentation and reassembly of IP packets. It is the method by which data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet. Each computer (known as a host) has at least one IP address that uniquely identifies it from all other computers on the Internet. When you send or receive data (for example, an e-mail note or a Web page), the message gets divided into little chunks called packets. Each of these packets contains both the sender's Internet address and the receiver's address.

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