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3.9. I have both a host name and its IP address. Which should I use?

Well, both should work, but you should get in the habit of using a host's name instead of its IP address. IP addresses can change if a host computer is physically moved, but the name should always stay the same. By using the name, you aren't depending on that specific computer remaining at a specific location for any amount of time. Things change. Using names instead of addresses can make those changes less noticeable to you.

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