[TECH SUPPORT] I spent several hours yesterday getting my new Netgear router working with my Westell DSL modem from Verizon. It seems both devices have the same self-assigned IP range. (With 256 x 256 x 256 x 256 to choose from, that doesn't seem very clever, does it?) But the Netgear people were very nice and gave me free tech support. It was as simple as changing the self-assigned IP from 192.168.1.1 to 192.168.10.1 in the router's basic settings (https://www.routerlogin.net/basicsetting.htm). And now we have wireless in my parents' classic six. Whee!
Mostly, as this is New York, we have been Walking and Eating. Oh, and Buying. I'm not sure where else the day goes. (All right, I also skimmed someone's dissertation on fashion models as research.) But the weather was gorgeous.
Today we're going to the American Museum of Natural History's Darwin exhibit. When they planned it, it wasn't controversial at all...
I appreciate the little subject-in-bracket tags you're throwing up at the beginning of your non-screenwriting posts. Thanks!
Yeah, Alex. I spent the day with you and still have no idea what you're talking about in the first paragraph. Is that what all the grumbling was about?
It's important to be aware that the 192.168.*.* IP space is a very special IP space -- by convention addresses in this space are not routable on the outside internet.
Manufacturers of small routers specifically default to a subnet in that space (often 192.168.1.*) because it ensures that addresses in your internal network will not be confused with network destinations that belong outside. It also makes it very hard for outsiders to access a server in your private network (unless you specifically allow it through special router settings.)
So, practically speaking, manufacturers don't really have 256 x 256 x 256 x 256 choices. You wouldn't want to use most of them in your SoHO network.
In fact, there are other ranges of addresses specifically reserved for private networks. This explains it better:
Hope you saw Robert Redford's Cosmic Collisions at the planetarium while you were there.
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