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Wireless Laptop: Strong Signal, No Internet, No IP Address...Help

Discussion in 'Networking' started by megawinters, Jul 2, 2008.

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  1. megawinters

    megawinters Thread Starter

    Jul 2, 2008
    Okay. I've been surfing around for a while now and found things close to my problem but nothing that is my problem. We have a computer at work, a laptop that has been connecting to the internet fine, as of yesturday, it stopped working. It has excellent signal, says it's connected but when you go to the browser, there's no internet. After searching, we found that we have no IP address. This is our cause for not connecting (hopefully). When we did a repair...it says it's obtaining a new address...and after a couple of hours of waiting, we gave up. Is this normal? To wait for a long time to get a new ip address? If so, then we'll be patient. If not, how do we get a new ip address? Or does the IP address not even matter and it's a whole other problem?

    We're running Windows XP and our Router is a Linksys Broadband Router Wireless G 2.4ghs Model WRT54GS.

    Thanks for yalls help!!
  2. BMR528


    Apr 8, 2008
    Since all was working fine and you report no changes, First thing to do is power everything down, PC, Router etc. Then bring router back up first, then the PC and everything else. See if you get an IP address then, If not your DHCP may have run out of addresses or just stoppped working, Also make sure that the network cable has not worked it's way loose somewhere.

    If that all fails, go into the router settings and see what it's IP address is and set your PC up manually with IP/ Default gateway/ DNS setttings

    Good luck
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Can you connect successfully via ethernet?

    Try a System Restore to before the problem began.

    Disable encryption on the router and try to connect. Assuming success you should be able to re-enable encryption and reconnect.
  4. Wanderer2


    Jan 28, 2008
    I would suspect from the description the issue is the wireless encryption key. The laptop doesn't have it anymore. This is not something "repair connection" can fix.

    go into your wireless properties and re-enter the wireless key.
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