Automatic private IP addressing (APIPA) is a feature on Microsoft Windows that allows the computer to communicate with other devices assigned with APIPA addresses on the same local network.

How APIPA Works

If a computer is set up to use DHCP for its IP address but the DHCP server is inaccessible, APIPA assigns an IP address within the range of to This ensures the computer can still connect with other devices on the network.

APIPA Benefits

APIPA Drawbacks