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Wifi help when travelling: can't find IP

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Prairychick, Jan 28, 2005.

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  1. Prairychick

    Prairychick Thread Starter

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    I just bought a NetGear Wireless USB adaptor to use while travelling. I'm running a laptop with WinXP (SP2). I have cable internet at home and don't want to change everything over to wireless at this point, so testing it has been tricky.

    I drove over to my local internet cafe just to configure it. I know it was able to detect the network of the cafe, because it knew the name of the place. However, it never got past "acquiring network address" although I waited about 10 minutes. Is this the IP address?

    I sometimes have trouble with this computer being unable to find the IP address on my cable internet, so I just go in and key in the address. My question is, is that IP address my computer's address? Can I key that in? or was something wrong? And should I use the NetGear network config utility, or the one that came with Windows?
     
  2. blin

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    souns like configuration or security settigns issue. this may help, http://www.howtonetworking.com/wireless.htm

    How to fix wireless connection issues

    1. Make sure all wireless devices are using the same mode, infrastructure in the most cases.
    2. Make sure all wireless devices have the same SSID.
    3. Make sure all wireless devices have the same WEP encryption settings if you have enabled them.
    4. Make sure you have added the wireless MAC into MAC Address Control if you enable it.
    5. Use ipconfig and ping to test the connection. All wireless devices must be in the same IP range.
     
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