Question Time – IP Networks

Feeling confident with your computing knowledge of IP Networks?

Watch these video clips about IP Networks and the Internet and spend a few minutes to answer or research the following questions:


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What are the differences between an IP address and a MAC address?


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Why is 128.264.107.32 not a valid IP address?


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Why does the Internet need to be upgraded from IPv4 to IPv6?


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What is the maximum number of devices that we can connect on the Internet at the same time (using IPv4)?


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How many unique addresses can we generate using IPv6?


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How does internet data travel accross the Atlantic Ocean?


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Does it take longer to download a file from a sever located in Australia or in Europe?


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Who owns and maintains the data cables (e.g. optic fibres) used by the Internet?


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Who owns and maintains the Domain Name Servers used by the Internet?


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Who owns and maintains the routers used by the Internet?


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Who are ICANN and what do they do? (What’s about Nominet?)


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Why is packet switching a lot more effective than circuit switching for Internet traffic?


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What is the typical or average size of a data packet on the Internet?


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Is packet switching more secure than circuit switching?


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What are the differences between normal phone calls and voiceOverIP phone calls using services such as Skype?


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What is the difference between the Internet and the Web?


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How does Google search the entire web in just a few milliseconds?

Web Quest

Using the above links can you answer the following questions?

  • What’s your IP Address?
  • How long would it take for a data packet to reach the BBC.co.uk server?
  • Who booked the domain name twitter.com?
  • When does the domain name facebook.com will expire?
  • Where is the whitehouse.gov website hosted?
  • How many routers a request from the UK to Google.com go through?
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