192.168.0.104 is an IPv4 address. It’s one of the private addresses from the reserved block of private addresses within class C. Like all the other 192.168.x.x addresses, 192.168.0.104 is reserved for private use and it’s not routable on the internet. You can assign it to any of your devices without contacting IANA authorities and without IANA’s authorization.
192.168.0.104 is not used by the manufacturers and they don’t assign it to their devices as a default gateway. This address is simply not as popular as some other addresses (more popular default gateways are 192.168.0.1, 192.168.0.2, 192.168.0.10, 192.168.0.100).
If your router’s default gateway is one of the previously mentioned addresses, 192.168.0.104 will probably be one of the available addresses and it can be assigned to some device connected to your network (automatically or manually).
Assigning 192.168.0.104 Automatically (Dynamic IP)
So, if your router’s default gateway is one of the previously mentioned IP addresses (or any 192.168.0.x IP address), the maximum number of available IP addresses in the DHCP pool is 254 and 192.168.0.104 is probably one of them. Dynamic (automatic) assigning it the usual (default) way of assigning IP addresses. When some device gets connected to your home network, the DHCP server (your router) assigns the first available address to that device. So, if 192.168.0.104 is one of the available addresses in DHCP pool (it doesn’t have to be – it all depends on how this range is defined) and if it’s the next available, it will be assigned to your device automatically as a dynamic IP address.
If your default gateway is 192.168.0.1 and if the first address in the DHCP pool is 192.168.0.2, there’s practically no chance to get 192.168.0.104 assigned to your device automatically (assuming that IP addresses are assigned in a sequential order). But, if your default gateway is 192.168.0.100 or 192.168.0.101, this address will be 3rd or 4th available address and it will probably be assigned to some device. It all depends on the way the range of available addresses in the DHCP pool is defined.
Assigning 192.168.0.104 Manually (Static IP)
When an IP address is assigned automatically (as a dynamic IP), it is actually leased to your device (PC, phone, laptop, etc.) and when you disconnect your device and the lease time expires, this address becomes available again and it can be assigned to some other device. There is no guarantee that the same address will be assigned to your device every time it gets connected to your home network unless you assign this address manually to your device. You can assign 192.168.0.104 or any other IP address from the range of available IP addresses to your device manually and the procedure is always the same. You can do that by changing TCP/IPv4 settings or by making a reservation in the DHCP pool.
Troubleshooting 192.168.0.104 – IP Conflict
If 192.168.0.104 is not available and if you ignore that and assign it to your PC, you will experience an issue called IP conflict. There will be two devices with the same IP address and they will be both disconnected from the network. You won’t be able to connect those two devices until you resolve this conflict.
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