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What are private IP addresses and how they work?

Long time ago, the global organization managing IP addresses known as Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), decided that certain addresses will be used on a private network only. There is no special meaning for these numbers – they are just used by devices on a private network and can’t be accessed from the Internet (hence the name private IP address). That’s why modems and routers can operate within the same network using this default address without any connection conflicts, but when you want to access a router from the Internet, you have to use the public IP address. The address is usually reserved as default router LAN address.

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