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"network did not assign network address to the computer"

by jebulmer / September 8, 2007 12:32 AM PDT

Hi - I could really use some help here. I'm not overly technical but did manage to setup a secure wireless network in my home and it was working great for a week but today I got this problem after rebooting the client pc. Each time I reboot I get "limited or no access to the internet".
When I try to "repair" it says unable to repair as it "cannot renew the IP address".

Here's my setup:

Access Point PC - is running Windows Vista, using a Linksys Wireless G router

Client PC - is running Windows XP, using Linksys Wireless G network adapter

Both PCs are running Norton Antivirus.
Any other information you need?
Please help!!!

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My checklist.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2007 12:38 AM PDT

1. Latest firmware in the router.
2. SSID broadcasting.
3. No security, try a connect.
4. If OK, move to WPA-PSK


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english translation?
by jebulmer / September 8, 2007 12:46 AM PDT
In reply to: My checklist.

Thanks for the very fast response but I need some help deciphering the checklist.
I do have the latest firmware version as I spent 1.5 hours on the phone with Linksys support when I was setting this whole thing up and we did upgrade it at that time.
SSID broadcasting? Where do I check that?

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Could be in your manual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2007 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: english translation?

I'd tell you the page number but no link was given for me to reference. But it's a setting that people might try when they write they are setting up a secure wifi.


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by jebulmer / September 8, 2007 1:04 AM PDT

Sorry for stupid questions but a setting on what -the router?
I don't have a manual for it - I could check their website.
Would it be on the setup page for the router?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2007 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: setting?

"setup a secure wireless network"

I am no substitute for the manual. Some don't want to look in the index or look at the settings of the router. For those they may be better off calling the router maker's support lines. I am also a poor substitute for those support lines but will share common ailments and what I use.


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Sorry I hit the post button too soon.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2007 1:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes.

What I meant to ask was since you wrote you were setting up a secure wifi you should share what you did to get that working securely.


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more info
by jebulmer / September 8, 2007 1:36 AM PDT

I found the SSID broadcasting feature on the setup page. It is enabled and I'm running WPA Personal security as recommended by Linksys support.

I just had my client PC connected again for 5 minutes! (just by disabling and re-enabling the adapter) When its connected the wireless network connection status says:

Address Type: Assigned by DHCP

Then it just stopped working and the status changes to:

Address Type: Automatic Private Address

How do I get it to stay at "assigned by DHCP"?

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Something to try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2007 1:41 AM PDT
In reply to: more info

While I wrote to try it without WPA or MAC FILTERING for a test run I don't see any reply about that.

However, one owner and member found they could fix one of their laptops by heading to the XP Control Panel where it shows the network wifi links. They removed the somewhat working link then used the wifi finder tool to connect up again. That fixed theirs.

Best of luck. Sorry if this seems deep but wifi isn't as easy as people make it out to be. Some work is required to add new words to our vocabulary.


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up and running!
by jebulmer / September 8, 2007 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Something to try.

I did try with security disabled and no luck. (sorry forgot to write that).

Now all I've done is reboot my access point pc and turn the router on/off and I'm back in business!

I will try the control panel suggestion if it goes back down again. I don't know why things just stop working when you don't do anything???

Networking is a little working on my vocabulary. Thank you so much for your help and patience!!

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