Why the local IPs always starts with 192.168…..Could they be something else?

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Dave: 192.168.x.y is a local or private IP address, and there are three address ranges reserved for this purpose:  10.0.0.0 to 10.255.255.255; 172.16.0.0 to 172.31.255.255; and 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255.  The cheap Belkin router I have connected to this and another computer, plus a game system and a few Wi-Fi devices, allows me to select any of these three address ranges.

Other answer:

Dave:
It's one of the reserved ranges for private IP addresses
Kevy:
Because it allows the lease amount of Addresses

Yes you can change them to any Private A, B or C Class address you would like:
A = allows Millions of hosts
B = allows about 65k
C = 256 Hosts

Biff:
there are a lot more isps than just 192

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