Why the IP Address Is Used

This private IP address is the default IP on many routers is an IP address found on many local computer networks, particularly business networks. Business-class network routers assigned as their local gateway address typically are configured to support a subnet with client IP addresses starting at

This same address is also the default local address for home broadband routers from Zoom, Edimax, Siemens, and Micronet.

Why Is Popular

Internet Protocol (IP) version 4 defines certain sets of IP addresses as restricted for private use. You can't use these addresses for web servers or other internet hosts. The first and largest of these private IP address ranges begin with

Corporate networks wanting flexibility in allocating a large number of IP addresses gravitated to using the network as their default, with as one of the first addresses assigned from that range.

Automatic Assignment of

Computers and other devices that support DHCP can receive their IP address automatically from a router. The router decides which address to assign from the DHCP pool.

Routers usually assign these pooled addresses in sequential order (though the order is not guaranteed). Therefore, is commonly the first client's address on a local network that connects to the router-based at

Manual Assignment of

Most modern network devices, including computers and game consoles, have a static IP address, in which their IP address is manually set.

To set the IP address manually, enter "" into a network setting configuration screen on the device. You must configure the router to assign the address to that specific device, contingent on its physical MAC address.

However, simply entering these numbers does not guarantee a valid address for that device to use. The administrator must also configure the local router to include in its supported address range.

Working With

To access a router with the IP address of, open the IP address as a regular URL by going to

Most networks assign private IP addresses like dynamically using DHCP. Setting it to a device manually is also possible but not recommended due to the risk of IP address conflicts.

Routers cannot always recognize whether a given address in their pool has been assigned to a client manually. In the worst case, two devices on the network end up with the address, resulting in failed connection issues for both.

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