Private IP Address Ranges


IP addressing is one of the key lessons of networking. We use IPv4 addresses and IPv6 addresses on our networks for layer 3. There are different ip address types and in this lesson, we will focus on one of these ip address types. Here, we will focus Private ip addresses, in other words, we will learn the details of Private ip address ranges for both IPv4 and IPv6. We will also give private ip address examples for them.



What is a Private IP Address?

Private ip addresses are the ip address which are used on only local networks. Private ip ranges cannot be used on Internet. They are local ip addresses which can be used millions of times in different local networks. These addresses do not need to be unique in the world. They are not like unique Public ip addresses. They are the ip addresses assigned to our PC from our local DHCP Server. With NAT, we can use these ip addresses to go through internet. With NAT, private range ip addresses is translated to a public IP assigned by your Internet Service Provider.


When we talk about private ip addresses, we mean IPv4 private ip ranges. But there are also private ip address range for IPv6. And IPv6 private addresses are called IPv6 Unique Local Addresses.  Like IPv4 private IP addresses, IPv6 Unique Local Addresses can not be used on Internet too.


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What are IPv4 Private Address Ranges?

There are different private ip address ranges used in networking. These private range addresses are used in local networks. They are not routable on Internet.


There are three IPv4 private ranges for Class A, Class B and Class C ip address ranges. These private ip address ranges are given below:

  • Class A: to (16.777.216 IP addresses)
  • Class B: to (1.048.576 IP addresses)
  • Class C: to (65.536 IP addresses)


Class A range has 8 network bits and 24 host bits.

Class B range has 16 network bits and 16 host bits.

Class C range has 24 network bits and 8 host bits.





What are IPv6 Private Address Ranges?

Like IPv4, IPv6 has also private IP address ranges. They are not routable addresses and so, we can not use these ranges on Internet too. To use these addresses on Internet, you need IPv6 NAT. Unique local addresses are used for local communication.


So, what are IPv6 private address ranges? Here there are two IPv6 private address ranges. These are given below:

  • FC00::/7
  • FD00::/7


FC00::/7 is the reserved IPv6 private address range by IANA.

FD00::/7 is the used IPv6 private range now.



Which One is Unique Local Address Range, FC00::/7 or FD00::/7?

Both. Do not mixed your mind with the question, “which one is Unique Local address range, FC00::/7 or FD00::/7?”. Both of them are private ipv6 address range but one of them is reserved for future use.


IPv6 Unique Local Addresses has 7 fixed bits at the beginning. But 8. Bit can change. This 8. Bit shows that if the address is locally assigned or it is reserved.

  • 0: reserved for future use
  • 1: locally assigned



Private IP Address Examples

Now, let ‘s give some examples to private ip addresses. Firstly, let’s give a couple of example to different IPv4 private ip address ranges. You can increase these private ip address examples.

  •,,, etc. (Range to
  •,,, (Range to
  •,,, (Range to


Now, let’s give private ip address examples for IPv6. In other words, let ‘s write IPv6 Unique local address examples:

  • FD00::1/7, FD00::45:AA:1/7, FD00::AA11:23:456:1/7 etc.
  • FC00::A2:103/7, FC00::8:4/7, FD00::BE2:54:34:2/7 etc.



Critical Questions About Your IP

What is IP Range? ip range is the ip range used by operating systems to assign ip address automatically. If you have no manual ip address configuration and your DHCP server is unavailable, then operating system assigns an ip address to your device. These ip addressing is called APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing). These ip address range is not the ip address range that oyu will use your regular network operation.


What is My Private IP Address?

To learn your Private IP address, you can check it with different commands on different operating systems.


If you are using Windows, you can use “ipconfig” command to display your private ip address and the other ip parameters.


If you are using Linux, you can use “ifconfig” command to display your private ip address and the other ip parameters.


Lastly, if your device is running MacOS for example if it is an IPhone or IPAD, you can  go to settings, then click Wi-Fi. And, click the your network’s name. You will find your private ip address and other ip parameters there.



What is My Public IP Address?

To learn our public IP address, in other words, to learn our global IP address assigned by your service provider, we will use a well-known website, Whatismyipaddress.


When you open this website, it will give you your Public IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses.



Who Manages IP Ranges In The World?

IP addresses are managed by IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) in the world. IANA assigns these number to RIRs (Regional Internet Registries). And RIRs assign these ranges to the Companies or Service Providers. Lastly, service providers give these ip addresses to you. This is for Public IPv4 addresses or IPv6 Global Unicast addresses.


You can use any of IPv6 private ip addresses or IPv6 Unique local addresses in your local network. They are not unique in the world. Any device in the world can use any of these private ip address ranges.


Let’s Practice Private IP Address Ranges

Private IPv4 Ranges Questions

Question 1: Which one is NOT one of the Private IP Address Ranges?

a) to

b) to

c) to

d) to

Private IP Range Question 2: Fill in the blanks: Class B range has … network bits and … host bits.

a) 8/8

b) 16/8

c) 16/32

d) 4/16

e) 16/16

Question 3: What is the range of APIPA?

a) to

b) to


d) to

e) to

Question 4: Which ipv4 address classes are used for private ip address range? (Select 3)

a) Class A

b) Class B

c) Class C

d) Class D

e) Class E

Question 5: How many available addresses are there for a Class C Private IP Range?

a) 65.536 

b) 1.048.576

c) 16.777.216

Private IP Address Question 6: Which ones are NOT Private IP Address? (Select two)






Private IP Range Question 7: Which ones are Private IP Addresses? (Select two)






Question 8: Which onces are IPv6 private address ranges? (Select two)

a) FB00::/7 

b) FC00::/7 

c) FD00::/7

d) FF00::/7

Question 9: IP addresses are managed by ….

a) ISO

b) IETF 

c) ITU


Private IP Address Ranges Question 10: Which ones are Private IPv4 Addresses? (Select two)






Answers: 1)b   2)e   3)c   4)a,b,c   5)a   6)c,e   7)a,b,d   8)b,c   9)d   10)a,d,c



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