Problems with laptop and IP address...

InlineFive

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Possible Suspects:
Linksys WRT54g router
Dell Latitude C600 with Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG

Crime Summary:
Once I forgot to use the correct WPA key so for some reason the router Associated me and put me in a different IP address range (169.xxx.xxx.xxx). Now the laptop keeps trying to assume that address from the network even though the PROSet utility shows it as Associated And Authenticated.

How can I fix this bug?

Thank you!
 

Goosemaster

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169.xxx.xxx.xxx is a windows automatically assigned address when it cannot pull one freom a DHCP server or is not configured with a static address.

If you now have the correct WPA key and DHCP is enabled:
(It is normally enabled, so if you don't know what it is, it probably means that it is still on)

Just restart your computer, and it should give you an IP address. If you want to do it manually, go to netowrk connections, double-click on your connection, click the support tab, and click the repair button. This will query the router and see if it is assigning addresses.


On the other hand....

Assuming that you do not have the correct WPA key, read your manual and find out how to reset the router to factory specs. Then connect, and never let it happen again ;)
 

Fencer128

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Hi,

You'll have to help me here - I'm not familiar with that Router/NIC combo. What exactly do you mean by "Associated and Authenticated"?

Cheers,

Andy
 

Goosemaster

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Originally posted by: Fencer128
Hi,

You'll have to help me here - I'm not familiar with that Router/NIC combo. What exactly do you mean by "Associated and Authenticated"?

Cheers,

Andy

I guess his WPA key is correct then....somehow I read past that. Just go to support and click the repair button.
 

InlineFive

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The router is freshly refirmwared.

And I have done the Wireless Repair. It connects to the network but consistenly uses the old address. No matter how many times I restarted it.
 

Sideswipe001

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That IP address, as Goosemaster pointed out, is just a way of the computer saying "I"m not getting an IP address".

You can try to give your laptop a static one and see if it works. If it doesn't, then your connection isn't right, no matter what it might be telling you. I highly suggest trying to manually give your laptop the static IP. If that fixes it, then the problem is with the DHCP on the router.