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Cannot Connect to Wireless Network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bmxgj, Jun 19, 2005.

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  1. bmxgj

    bmxgj Thread Starter

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    I have a signal. I removed the network key, so there is no password. I send packets but do not receive them. When I try to connect I get something like "cannot aquire a network address"

    help would be great
     
  2. TerryNet

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    "help would be great". Well, information from you would be pretty good too! :)

    I assume the signal is from your router; does it assign IP addresses (DHCP server enabled)? Are you using MAC address filtering? Do you have another PC that is getting an IP from the router?

    Do you detect other signals, and are you SURE that you are connecting to yours rather than somebody else's?

    Your OS? Your wireless adaptor? Are you using the adaptor's utility or WZC to manage it?
     
  3. bmxgj

    bmxgj Thread Starter

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    Yes there is another computer connected to the router that works. I'm using XP and i believe it is an Intel wireless card. im using the view available networks in the bottom right hand corner to manage it.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    bmxgj, I can think of several possibilities for "cannot acquire a network address." These include:

    a. the router does not assign IP addresses;
    b. the router only accepts certain MAC addresses;
    c. the signal is encrypted, but the key or pass phrase used with the adaptor is not the same as that used with the router;
    d. the adaptor is actually latching onto a different signal than yours;
    e. interference from 2.4Ghz cordless phone, microwave, etc., etc.;
    f. not using the latest drivers for your adaptor.

    The questions I asked in my previous post should help eliminate some of these possibilities or maybe even isolate to the cause. If you need help in finding some of the answers, please ask.

    P.S. - I suggest you check your computer manufacturer's website to see if you have the latest driver and utility for your adaptor. I prefer using the adaptor's utility, but admit that others prefer WZC.
     
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