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Solved: Problems connecting to internet via wireless router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by metalikat, Dec 20, 2009.

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  1. metalikat

    metalikat Thread Starter

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    This has been my on-going problem. Whenever I take my laptop away from home and use it on a different network then return home I am unable to connect to the internet. The last time I did this: I uninstalled the drivers for my network adapter and reinstalled it. That worked last week, but didn't work this week.

    My specs: I am on Windows XP, using a Netgear Wireless Router with a Netgear USB adapter.

    I can get connectivity but cannot get on the internet. I have rebooted all the equipment and AM able to connect when I plug in an ethernet cable. Is something blocking my connection? I can't connect even through the internal wireless card. The computer says I am connected but I get an error message when I open Internet Explorer.

    Please help me, I am increasingly frustrated with this problem. I need to take my laptop away from my home network for three days/ week and can't go through this every time I bring it back.

    Thanks
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Try removing all the stored wireless network profiles in the wireless management screen and then connecting. It should connect and ask for your encryption key.
     
  3. metalikat

    metalikat Thread Starter

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    I did that and it didn't help. It seems as though the connection is established but the wireless adapter can't get the IP address. Argh!!!
     
  4. metalikat

    metalikat Thread Starter

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    Since I see that you have asked others for this information:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Me>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Yvonne
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Cont
    roller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-15-C5-C7-D2-01

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : RangeMax Wireless-N USB Adapter WN11
    1v2
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-3F-8D-7E-EF
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.43.46
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    C:\Documents and Settings\Me>
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Disable encryption on the router and try to connect by wireless. Assuming success you should be able to re-enable encryption and reconnect; be sure to type the key correctly.
     
  6. metalikat

    metalikat Thread Starter

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    You are wonderful. It worked!! Now do I disconnect and re-enable then try to reconnect?
     
  7. metalikat

    metalikat Thread Starter

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    I did it... thank you soooooooooooo much!!! You saved my laptop from being thrown across the room. Lol
     
  8. TerryNet

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    Hopefully it will behave now when it travels and returns home. If it does the same thing again I do not know what to suggest except to try again one or both the things John and I suggested.
     
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