192.168.1.3—IP Address for Local Networks

The third IP address in a range often used by home computer networks

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192.168.1.3 is a private IP address sometimes used on local networks. Home networks, particularly those with Linksys broadband routers, commonly use this address together with others in the range starting with 192.168.1.1.

A router can assign 192.168.1.3 to any device on its local network automatically, or an administrator can do it manually.

Automatic Assignment of 192.168.1.3

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 range it is set up to manage. When the router is set up with a network range between 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.255, it takes one address for itself—usually 192.168.1.1—and maintains the rest in a pool. Normally the router assigns these pooled addresses in sequential order, starting with 192.168.1.2 and then 192.168.1.3 next and so on, although the order is not guaranteed.

Manual Assignment of 192.168.1.3

Computers, game consoles, phones, and most other modern network devices allow setting an IP address manually. The text 192.168.1.3 or the four digits 192, 168, 1 and 3 must be keyed into a network setting configuration screen on the device. However, simply entering your ​IP number does not guarantee the device can use it. The local network router must also be configured to include 192.168.1.3 in its address range.

Issues With 192.168.1.3

Most networks assign private IP addresses dynamically using DHCP.

Attempting to assign 192.168.1.3 to a device manually, which is a process called "fixed" or "static" address assignment, is also possible but not recommended on home networks due to the risk of IP address conflict. Many home network routers have 192.168.1.3 in their DHCP pool by default, and they do not check whether it has already been assigned to a client manually before assigning it to a client automatically.

In the worst case, two different devices on the network are assigned 192.168.1.3—one manually and the other automatically—resulting in failed connection issues for both devices.

A device with IP address 192.168.1.3 dynamically assigned may be reassigned a different address if it is kept disconnected from the local network for a long enough time period.  The length of time, called a lease period in DHCP, varies depending on the network configuration but is often two or three days.  Even after the DHCP lease expires, a device is likely to still receive the same address the next time it joins the network unless other devices have also had their leases expire.