Visual IP Trace Overview
IP Addresses, Domains and Host Name
All computers that access the Internet are identified
by an IP (Internet Protocol) address which consists
of 4 numbers separated by periods, for example 126.96.36.199.
In the case of a website, the IP address represents
a domain name (such as 'visualware.com'),
which allows a computer to have a name that is easily
recognizable and much easier to remember than an IP
address. This is often referred to as the host
name or domain
When you enter a host name Visual IP Trace looks-up
the IP address from a Domain Name Server (DNS),
which is a bit like an Internet telephone directory.
The DNS is then used to locate the details of
the computer to be traced.
Your computer has also been assigned
an IP address, an IP address is necessary in order
to browse the web, send email, or use any other Internet
services. Many IP addresses are dynamic, meaning
they are assigned temporarily from a block of addresses
that has been allocated to an ISP or host provider.
Dynamic IP addresses are used most often for dial-up
Internet access, so that each time a dial-up user connects
to the Internet, they are assigned a new IP address.
IP addresses that are assigned on a permanent basis
are considered static.
ISPs normally keep logs of which users are assigned
an IP address -- when reporting
Internet abuse to an
ISP it is important to note the day, time and time
zone of the incident so that user can be determined.
Visual IP Trace enables you to trace:
- an IP address, such as 188.8.131.52
- a web domain or host name, such as google.com
- a website address, such as http://visualroute.visualware.com.