private IP address - Computer Definition
An Internet Protocol (IP) address set aside for use within a LAN, intranet, or other private network and not for use in a public network such as the Internet. Also known as Network 10 addresses, in reference to the first field in the first address range, private IP addresses fall into the following ranges:
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An IP address within three ranges of numbers that are set aside for the computers in local networks. Typically assigned to the machines by a DHCP server, these private addresses are not routed over the Internet. In order to gain access to the Internet, the private addresses are converted to a public IP address that is exposed to the Internet by a network address translation (NAT) service. See 192.168.1.1, CIDR, NAT, DHCP and IP address. PRIVATE IP ADDRESS RANGES From To CIDR 10.0.0.0 10.255.255.255 10/8 172.16.0.0 172.31.255.255 172.16/12 192.168.0.0 192.168.255.255 192.168/16 Self-Assigned Addresses See DHCP autoconfiguration addressing. 169.254.0.0 169.254.255.255
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