Understanding the IP Address

Private networks use is the beginning of the default dynamic IP address range for some Linksys home broadband routers. It's a private IP address that can also be assigned to any device on a local network that's set up to use this address range.

The address can be configured on a network so that a specific device is assigned that address. It can also be used as the default gateway IP address.

A network client does not gain improved performance or better security from using as its address compared to any other private address. There's nothing intrinsically special about this IP address.

An illustration of a laptop with the address on a network.
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Many Linksys routers set as their default local address and then define a range of IP addresses that are made available to client devices through DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). While is often the default for this setting, administrators are free to change it to a different address, like or

Some Linksys routers support a configuration setting called "Starting IP Address" that defines which IP address is the first one in the pool from which DHCP will allocate addresses. The first computer, phone, or other WiFi-connected device using the router is typically assigned this address.

If is chosen as the starting IP address in the pool, newly connected devices will use an address in the range. As a result, if 50 devices are allocated, the range is from through, in which case the devices will use addresses like,, etc.

Instead of using as a starting address, that address might instead be the IP address assigned to the router itself that all the connected devices use as their default gateway address. If this is the case, and you need to make changes to the router's settings, you have to log in with the correct credentials at on Private Networks

Any private network, whether a home or business network, can use, no matter the type of router involved. It can be part of a DHCP pool or set as a static IP address, The device assigned to can change when a network uses DHCP but does not change when you set up networks with static addressing.

Run a ping test from any other computer on the network to determine whether is assigned to one of the networked devices. A router's console should also display the list of DHCP addresses it has assigned (some of which may belong to devices currently offline).

Because is a private address, ping tests or any other direct connection attempt from the internet or other outside networks will fail.


Avoid manually assigning this address to any device when it belongs to a router's DHCP address range. Otherwise, IP address conflicts result, because the router can assign this address to a different device than the one already using it.

However, if the router is configured to reserve the IP address for a specific device (as indicated by its MAC address), then DHCP won't assign it to any other connection.

Resolve most DNS-related problems on a computer using an IP address (including with the ipconfig /flushdns command.