Internet Addresses and IP Addresses

Before any of your computers can use any of the Internet protocols to access or share resources, they must be assigned an IP address, and your local IP subnet must be assigned an Internet Address. As used in modern parlance, an "Internet Address" has global scope everywhere in the planet, and refers to the worldwide Internet. All Internet Addresses are IP Addresses, but not all IP addresses are Internet Addresses.  Generally, local IP addresses are assigned and managed by your local NAT router, and Internet Addresses are assigned by your Internet Service Provider. For an introduction to these topics, view the following movies: