I’m a relatively experienced Windows user with some administrative experience. I’ve setup, configured, and connected to many wireless networks in the past while using Windows XP. I recently purchased a Dell Latitude D830 laptop with a Windows Vista Ultimate operating system. I’m having problems connecting to various 802.11g unsecured wireless networks (i.e. airport/hotel/work/etc… with this laptop and operating system. Often while trying to connect, the Windows Vista wireless icon on the toolbar will state that I have successfully connected to the given network but will state that only “local” access is available. When viewing the Network and Sharing Center window, the network icon between the computer and Internet icon will state “unidentified network”. When checking the IP address, it tells me that only an auto configuration IP address is present. While staying at a hotel in Ft Worth, Texas this past weekend, this scenario happened often while trying to connect to the hotel’s unsecured wireless network. Although it happened often, it did not happen each time I tried to connect to the hotel’s wireless network. Sometimes, the laptop would connect; grab an IP address, and state local and Internet access on the toolbar wireless icon. I had a Windows XP operating system Dell laptop present at one point in time when the Dell D830 would not successfully connect. At that same point in time, I was successfully able to connect with the Dell Windows XP operating system laptop. Based on this fact, I don’t believe that there was anything wrong with the hotel’s wireless network. Can anyone shed some light on this problem?