First off I want to give you a better idea of what an IP address actually is! So to give you an example….An IP address is to a computer network, what a telephone number is to your phone and the telephone network. The IP address has been around since the 1970’s. It was designed by people who could never have imagined how the Internet would develop. Bearing this in mind, the IP address that was developed in the 1970s has done an unbelievable job over the last forty years.