IP vs Mac Address
Summary: Difference Between IP and Mac Address is that an IP address, short for Internet Protocol address, is a number that uniquely identifies each computer or device connected to the Internet. While mostly Mac address are used as a network address for all IEEE 802 network technologies which includes Ethernet and WiFi.
An IP address, short for Internet Protocol address, is a number that uniquely identifies each computer or device connected to the Internet. The IP address usually consists of four groups of numbers, each separated by a period. In general, the first portion of each IP address identifies the network and the last portion identifies the specific computer.
These all-numeric IP addresses are difficult to remember and use. Thus, the Internet supports the use of a text name that represents one or more IP addresses. A domain name is the text version of an IP address. As with an IP address, the components of a domain name are separated by periods.
The text in the domain name up to the first period identifies the type of Internet server. The www indicates a Web server. The Internet server portion of a domain name often is not required.
Every domain name contains a top-level domain (TLD), which is the last section of the domain name. A generic TLD (gTLD), such as the com in, identifies the type of organization associated with the domain.For international Web sites outside the United States, the domain name also includes a country code TLD (ccTLD), which is a two-letter country code, such as au for Australia or fr for France.
When you specify a domain name, a server translates the domain name to its associated IP address so that data and information can be routed to the correct computer. This server is an Internet server that usually is associated with an Internet access provider.
MAC Address (Media Access Control Address) is a unique identifier of a computer assigned to network interfaces so communications can be done at the data link layer of network. Mostly Mac address are used as a network address for all IEEE 802 network technologies which includes Ethernet and WiFi. In protocol sublayer of the OSI reference model mac addresses are used in media access control. Mac addresses are assigned mostly be the manufacturer of NIC (Network Interface Controller).