AnyCast, a popular alternative to Google Chromecast, is one of the most used. Its default IP address is the address from our title – 192.168.203.1. You will need this address to set this little device up. In case you don’t know how to set it up, read this guide and you’ll learn everything there’s to know about AnyCast setup and about IP addresses in general.
Terminology and Theoretical Framework
If you want to learn more about IP addresses (how they are handled, why they are important, etc.), click here. These subchapters should be helpful for you.
If you’re just looking for the information about AnyCast setup and the specific address from our title (192.168.203.1), scroll down and check out our guide.
What do IP addresses serve?
An IP address is used to identify devices within a network. Any device connected to any network must have an IP address and that address must be unique – you cannot have two devices connected to the same network with the same IP address. The IP conflict is a situation where two devices have the same IP address. When this happens, they will be disconnected or unable communicate (send/receive) data with each other device.
IP addresses can be thought of as street addresses or telephone numbers. To receive mail or phone calls, you need a unique number or street address. Problems will arise if they’re not unique. Like IP addresses.
IP Protocols – The Form of an IP Address
IP protocols are the rules for IP addressing. They also define the basic form and format of an IP address. IPv4 today is the most common protocol. In addition, the IPv6 protocol has yet to be implemented. This protocol will be used in the future.
All of the IP addresses we use today are IPv4 addresses, and they all look the same as the tile’s 192.168.203.1 address. Between the four digits, there are two dots. An IP address is written in decimal form. Any number between 0 and 255 can be used as one of these numbers. Why? In a moment, you’ll find out.
Aside from decimal, an IP address can also be expressed in binary. For all digital gadgets, this form is more important. A 32-bit binary IP address (1s and 0, respectively). This long string of bits can be broken down into four sections, known as octets. Eight bits make up each octet.
Each IP address can be converted to binary or decimal (and vice versa). This means that each octet could be made into a number. With 8 bits, the lowest number possible is zero (eight zeros), while 255 (eight ones) is the lowest. Any combination of eight 1s or 0s can result in a number between zero and 255. As a result, every IP address in decimal form is made up of four digits spanning from 0 to 255.
The total number of 32 ones or zeros (the number of IPv4 address choices) is 232. There are approximately 4.3 billion IPv4 addresses. This is an enormous quantity, yet it is still insufficient for all internet-connected devices on the planet.
There are currently over 10 million internet-connected gadgets, but only 4.3 billion addresses. As a result, you can’t assign each device in the globe (permanently) a unique IPv4 address. There are simply insufficient IPv4 addresses. Every device that is connected to a network must have an unique address. It would be impossible to use IPv4 without some form of fix. It was an easy and elegant fix, and we’ll be discussing it in a couple of minutes.
Classification of IP addresses
There are five classes that contain all 4.3 billion IPv4 address. Networks are operated by the first three classes (A-B, B and C).
Class A addresses can be used in large networks that have more than one million clients (up to 127 networks). Class B addresses can be used in smaller networks that have more than 65,000 clients. Class C addresses are for smaller networks with 254 clients.
The networks do not use IP addresses from groups D and E. Multicast is possible using IP addresses of class D. Class D is used for multicast.
Private IP Addresses in Dedicated Blocks
Remember the IPv4 address issue we discussed earlier? The establishment of dedicated blocks of private IP addresses was the answer we mentioned. All addresses other than those mentioned are public IP addresses.
The difference between private and public addresses is very simple. Private addresses can be accessed only over LAN networks. They are not used for internet access. They are, however, used for internet access and can be routable over internet.
There are three blocks of private addresses, one within class A (10.x.x.x), one within Class B (172.16.0.0 – 172.31.255.255), and one within Class C (192.168.x.x).
Your home network is the best example of a LAN network. This is especially important for understanding the differences between private and public networks. Each device in your home network has its own private IP address. This includes every PC, phone and every IP camera. Every router, range extender, router, and router. These devices all use private addresses to communicate with each other on the same network. They don’t use these addresses to connect to the internet. At least, not directly.
How can we connect to the internet?
Your home network can be used to explain both the purpose and benefits of private and public addresses, as well as the process of connecting to internet.
Your router is the heart of your home network. That’s where all the magic happens. Each router has its own private IP address. Your router has a default IP address, also called the default gateway. It is assigned by your router manufacturer.
Each device connected to your home network is assigned a private IP address by your router. These addresses come from the DHCP pool. This is a list of addresses your router owns and leases to devices. All addresses in DHCP pool belong the same subnet of the default address. This means that all IP addresses on your network have the same three numbers.
These private IP addresses will be used by your devices to communicate with the router as well as other devices connected to the same network. How do you connect your devices to the internet?
Apart from the default IP address which is a private one, your router also has an IP address that is public. This address is assigned by your internet provider to your router and to your home network. Your router receives the request to access internet access from your computer when you open an app or visit any website. The router and the PC use private addresses to communicate this information. The router will use its public address to locate the requested information when it receives it. Once it has it, it will send it to you.
All devices connected to your network will be able to access the internet through your router. This means that all devices connected to your network can access the internet through your router. They all use the same public address. That’s how the problem with the insufficient number of IPv4 addresses was solved.
Private addresses allowed us to use one IP address across multiple LANs, since they are all separate networks. One private address can be used by any device connected to a particular LAN. We were able to only use one public IP address per device connected to a LAN network through the introduction of private addresses.
Dynamic and static IP addresses
Each public and private address can be either static or dynamic. These terms are pretty self-explanatory. Static addresses do not change and are always associated with the same device. Dynamic addresses are leased, which means they will only be assigned to one device until the lease period ends. They can then be allocated to another device or stay with the current one.
The purpose of a default IP Address
The default IP address remains private. Equipment manufacturers assign default IP addresses for our network equipment.
Default IP addresses can be used as unique identifiers just like private IP addresses. Pre-assigned default addresses are provided for routers, range extenders IP cameras and streaming sticks. These devices communicate with each other on the network using their default IP addresses. The reason for this is simple: if the default IP address is the subnet’s starting or ending address, it is easier for us, the users, to experiment with addresses, manage them, and change the DHCP pool.
Is 192.168.203.1 a common default IP address? What devices use it as a default IP?
Any private address can be used to set the default IP address. The theory is true. However, in practice some addresses are more commonly used than others. Manufacturers assign usually the first address in a subnet (or at most one of the first three) to their network equipment. Some people choose to assign the subnet’s last available address. They don’t use addresses from the middle of subnets. It’s simple: if the default IP address is the subnet’s starting or ending address, it’s easier for us, the users, to experiment with addresses, manage them, and change the DHCP pool.
Some starting/ending addresses may not be equally popular. Many network equipment manufacturers will only use a small number of IP addresses. These include 10.0.0.1, 188.8.131.52, 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1.
The first available address within the 192.168.203.0/24 network subnet is 192.168.203.1. This makes it a better choice over other addresses in this subnet. Our address is still not the most popular choice for router and network equipment makers.
AnyCast, the only device that uses IP address 192.168.203.1, is the one that does. AnyCast supports Chromecast streaming and AirPlay streaming. It supports DLNA streaming. It’s compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. AnyCast screen mirroring dongles are affordable and reliable. In the following chapter, we’ll show you how to set it up and use it.
AnyCast Setup Using 192.168.203.1
AnyCast can be set up quickly and is easy to use. It isn’t quite plug-and-play, but it comes close. The AnyCast antenna, dongle, and USB cord are all included in the box. The antenna and a USB cable should be connected to the dongle, and then the dongle should be connected to your TV via one of the HDMI ports. AnyCast gets its power from USB connections. You’ll also need to plug the other end into a USB port on your TV. If your TV doesn’t allow USB charging, you’ll need to purchase a basic 5V/1A USB adaptor (not included in the box).
Once everything is connected, it’s time to turn it on. The Welcome Screen will appear as shown in the below image. However, the look of the Welcome Screen may vary depending upon the AnyCast model/version.
The information about your dongle’s proprietary Wi-Fi network – network name (SSID) and network password – is displayed at the top (PSK). You’ll also see a QR code, which you can scan with your phone to go to the EZMira app download page. Our address is 192.168.203.1, which is underneath the QR code. The status of your setup can be found at the bottom.
The first step is to use the password at the top of the screen to join your phone/PC to AnyCast’s unique wireless network. Open your phone’s/PC’s/browser Mac’s and enter in 192.168.203.1. You will not be required to log in; the configuration page will open automatically. A list of options will appear. To get started, go to the first option, Internet.
A list of Wi-Fi networks will appear. Connect AnyCast with your Wi-Fi. Next, select your Wi-Fi and enter the password. Finally, click Connect.
After your AnyCast has connected to your Wi Fi, you can connect to your phone via Wi-Fi. Install the EZMira App (iOS/Android), and then use your dongle.
Note:Instead of opening the configuration page from your browser, you can simply open the EZMira application (that you have previously downloaded) and connect the dongle with your Wi-Fi.
How to Tell the Difference between Fake and Original AnyCast.
Due to the popularity and ease of use of AnyCast, there’s a bunch of counterfeit models (fake Anycast dongles). We advise you to make sure that you’re buying the original product. Sometimes, the difference between original and fake Anycast is quite obvious, but sometimes, it’s really hard to recognize the fake product. Visit the official Anycast site for a complete tutorial on how you can recognize fake Anycast.
Some of the most noticeable differences between fake and original AnyCast are different box design, different build quality of the dongle, different default IP addresses (original – 192.168.203.1, fake – 192.168.49.1), different look of the Welcome Screen (wrong SSID and password length, etc.).