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Your home network may soon get a new and simpler name

Your home network may soon get a new and simpler name

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is proposing a change that could streamline the way you access your home's internal network. This means that, instead of using the 192.168.x.x address to configure your router, you just have to type .internal.

As The Register reported, ICANN's Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) first identified the need to reserve a top-level domain for private networks in 2020 — but not necessarily the one connecting to your router. yes. Yes. Make it easy.

SSAC wants the new .internal string to prevent private domain-naming schemes from conflicting with other networks. Currently, SSAC says that "unofficial use of top-level domains", such as the .dlink domain used by networking company D-Link, "has the potential to conflict with the root zone, or other specified purposes."

ICANN initially considered a total of 35 different strings but ultimately decided on two options: ".internal" or ".private". The organization ultimately went with .internal, as it found that .private "could lead to a higher level of unintended privacy implications." We don't know yet how you'll structure a .internal domain to configure your router or other devices on your home network, but more details are set to emerge in the coming weeks.

However, you can still expect to access your router through the address 192.168.x.x. ICANN is taking comments from the public and will decide how to proceed from there.

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