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[ih] What is the origin of the private network address 192.168.*.*?

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> ork-address-192-168
> I had a smart (but non-technical) user ask me today:
> Why did they pick 192.168.. for a private network address?
> The only answer I could come up with is because 192 = 11000000 in binary. And
>  168 is 10101000 in binary. Both of which are kind of cool looking.
> Is there a real historical reason for that particular choice of numbers? Why 
> not 127.127..? Or 128.128..?

Dunno, though the fact it is what used to be a class C address is a hint
but I think the convention was established after we went to CIDR.

> Similar question for and is easy.  For folks who needed LARGE private networks the only
large space available by the early 1990s was the old ARPANET network
number (the ARPANET was net 10 and was decommissioned around 1991).

Craig Partridge
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