How IPv4 Addresses Can Be Bought or Sold

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There are many reasons why individuals or businesses purchase IP address blocks. Whether it’s for safety and security for your online data or to create a large, efficient digital network for your employees, purchasing IPv4 address blocks can be very beneficial. Before purchasing IPv4 address blocks, it’s important to understand what IPv4 is and what suppliers you’re considering buying from. Acknowledging the role and purpose of IPv4 address blocks and the successes of online platforms for reselling is essential for choosing the right suppliers and sellers. It’s also important to know why the world is slowly moving away from IPv4 addresses.

What is IPv4?


IPv4 stands for “Internet Protocol version 4” and it’s the governing system of rules for internet language and communication. IPv4 addresses are made up of combinations of 32 integers that represent three parts: the host, network, and subset parts. Because IPv4 addresses are made up of a finite amount of integers, there are only so many combinations of numbers possible. This is why IP version four has been exhausted and new IP addresses aren’t available. Internet service providers — as well as regional internet registries such as ARIN, RIPE, and APNIC — are slowly making the transition to IPv6.

The switch to IPv6 can’t and won’t happen overnight. In the meantime, ARIN, RIPE, and APNIC understand that there is no new IPv4 address space, so resellers and online marketplaces are essential. IPv4 addresses are ever-present in our hyper-connected world. Any device that is capable of connecting to the internet has a dedicated IP address attached to it. All website domain names are translated into an IP address. It’s for these reasons IPv4 space has been greatly limited and quickly depleted. Online platforms for sellers and buyers to transfer IP data have saved us all a great deal of hassle during the transitional period of moving to IPv6. Any IPv4 market group can recycle and repurpose previously used addresses in order to employ these addresses once again, this way we aren’t completely dependent upon IPv6 addresses before it’s completely necessary.

How does the purchasing process for IPs work?


The most important aspect to consider when purchasing IP address blocks is whether or not the IPv4 addresses are clean after having been previously used. IPv4 Connect is an online marketplace for IPv4 auctions whose IPv4 specialists and brokers guarantee unlimited accesses to secure and clean repurposed address blocks. The IPv4 market is full of options for potential buyers, but not every address block is made equally. This is why IPv4 Connect only works with verified third party suppliers for their IPv4 market and auction platform. Bidders can trust that the online auction platform details from block size and price information are verified by their trust IPv4 brokers.

The IPv4 address space has been exhausted, and we can’t immediately switch over to IPv6. Sellers of IPv4 addresses could potentially have access to addresses that have been blacklisted and aren’t safe for reuse. These addresses can still be found within some IPv4 market groups, and they aren’t something you want to bid upon unknowingly. Any other online auction platform that doesn’t vet sellers and market participants would allow buyers to purchase these substandard addresses. IPv4 Connect offers bidders the best starting prices available for an IPv4 market group. They take full control of the transfer process so buyers and sellers know their personal information is safe and secure. They are also able to scrub clean any IPs that have previously been blacklisted. Their IPv4 blocks work within your RIR guidelines, and they will help you with any required pre-approval processes during the purchasing process.

Nola Blanton researches, organizes, and delivers high-level and impactful strategic content that helps OI's readers understand, discuss, and prepare for emerging trends in business and marketing.

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