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When setting up a home network, it is important to use local IP addresses for individual. IP addresses are an ISP technology used (along with ISP routers) to direct network traffic, and they are always of the form xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx where 'x' can range from 0-9. Legal local IP addresses include the ranges 010.xxx.xxx.xxx, 172.016.xxx.xxx, and 192.168.xxx.xxx. Using other addresses can lead to complications later. Note that connecting a device with a local IP address directly to the Internet is even worse. It's important to have a router separate the Internet from devices with local IP addresses.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|