Internet Protocol

A protocol which computers use to communicate with and over the internet.

Originally developed by the Department of Defense to support interworking of dissimilar computers across a network, IP is a standard describing software that keeps track of the Internet work addresses for different nodes, routes outgoing messages, and recognizes incoming messages.

First standardized in 1981.

This protocol works in conjunction with TCP and is identified as TCP/IP.


See also: Internet, Internet Protocol Address, Protocol, Transfer Control Protocol, User Datagram Protocol.

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Subjects: Computer Network