Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking 35 35 people found this article helpful Purpose of 192.168.1.101 and 192.168.1.x IP Addresses Many home computer networks use these IP addresses by Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated on May 01, 2020 reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 12, 2020 Michael Barton Heine Jr Home Networking ISP The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email The IP addresses 192.168.1.101, 192.168.1.102, and 192.168.1.103 are part of an IP address range typically used on home computer networks. These IP addresses are commonly found in homes using broadband routers, but the same addresses can be used with other home routers and other kinds of private networks. Lifewire / Tim Liedtke How Home Routers Use the 192.168.1.X IP Address Range Home routers by default define a range of IP addresses to be assigned to client devices through Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Routers that use 192.168.1.1 as the network gateway address typically assign DHCP addresses starting with 192.168.1.100—so 192.168.1.101 will be the second such address in line to be assigned, 192.168.1.102 the third, 192.168.1.103 the fourth, and so on. While DHCP does not require addresses to be assigned in sequential order like this, it is the normal behavior. In most homes, the router acts as a DHCP server that issues unique IP addresses to devices on the network. Assigned addresses can be swapped over time. For example, in a Wi-Fi home network, when a game console and phone are disconnected from the network for an extended period, their addresses return to the DHCP pool. These addresses may be reassigned to a new device that connects to the network. If the phone and game console later reconnect, they may or may not receive the same IP address they had previously. 192.168.1.101 is a private (also called non-routable) IP address. It means computers on the internet or another remote network cannot communicate with that address without the assistance of intermediate routers. Messages from a home network router pertaining to 192.168.1.101 refer to one of the local computers and not an outside device. The home network administrator uses a PC to set up the router and home network. The router assigns IP address 192.168.1.100 to the PC. A second PC is added to the network. This PC receives the 192.168.1.101 address. A game console then joins the network. It receives 192.168.1.102 as its address. A phone connects to the router using Wi-Fi, receiving 192.168.1.103 as its network address. Configure the 192.168.1.x IP Address Range Any home network or another private network can use the 192.168.1.x IP address range even if the router uses different settings by default. To set up a router for this specific range: Log in to the router as an administrator. Find the router's IP and DHCP settings. The location of these can vary depending on the router, but they are often in a Setup menu. Set the router's local IP address to 192.168.1.1 or another address in the 192.168.1.x range. The number used in place of x should be a low number to allow address space for additional clients that might join the network. Set the DHCP starting IP address to 192.168.1.x+1. For example, if the router's IP address is 192.168.1.101, then the starting IP address for clients can be 192.168.1.102.