192.168.0.3 is a private IPv4 address. It belongs to the reserved block of private addresses within class C. All the addresses ranging from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255 belong to this block, they are all reserved for use on private networks and can’t be routed on the internet nor accessed from outside the network.
192.168.0.3 is not a popular choice when it comes to default gateway addresses. Router and modem manufacturers assign 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.0.2 to their products much more often. Still, you can find this address assigned to Luxul smart PoE switches XMS-1008P and XMS-1010P. If your device (switch, router, modem) has this address assigned to it as a default gateway, you can use it to access the configuration page of your device and make all kinds of network-related adjustments (see the pictures below).
Luxul XMS-1008P Login page
Luxul XMS-1008P Configuration Page
192.168.0.3 is more often one of the available addresses in the DHCP pool (if your router’s default gateway is 192.168.0.x) and it can be assigned to your PC or some other device automatically (dynamic IP) or manually (static IP).
192.168.0.3 – Automatic Assignment
If your router’s default gateway is 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.2, and if the addresses are assigned in a sequential order, 192.168.0.3 is the first or second available address in the DHCP pool (assuming that the DHCP pool starts at 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.0.3). The first (or second) device connected to your home network will get this address assigned to it automatically and it will be it’s dynamic IP address until the lease time expires or until you disconnect this device from the network. When the device gets disconnected, the address returns to the pool and it can be assigned to some other device. 192.168.0.3 won’t be assigned to your device every time it gets connected to the network unless you assign it manually and make it static.
192.168.0.3 – Manual Assignment
When you assign this address manually, it will be reserved for your device and it will be unavailable for other devices even if you are not connected to the network. Assigning the address manually (as a static IP) is a very simple process. You can either make a DHCP reservation or adjust some TCP/IPv4 settings.
Before you assign 192.168.0.3 or any other IP address to your device, you have to check if the address is inside the DHCP pool and if it’s already taken. If the address is taken (already assigned to some other device), you have to wait until it becomes available again. Assigning the address that’s already taken will cause an IP conflict and devices with the same IP address will be disconnected from the network.
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