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strange problem with internet connectivity.

my system:

mesh desktop pc with windows xp sp2

belkin pre-n router

d-link usb adaptor

my problem:

when connected without security (password) i have intermittent connection, and (as is the case right now) sometimes, my internet connection icon tells me i'm not connected although i am.

when connected with security and password, my internet connection icon tells me i am connected with 54kbh and a strong signal, but i cannot even connect to my homepage in this state, and occasionally on connection i am met with the error message:

the network did not assign a network address to the computer

i have tried resetting the winsock thing as described in another thread, but to no avail.

any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance.


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Which security? WEP?
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it seems i already have the latest firmware, so that isn't going to help...

its really strange. with wpa, the system tells me i have perfect connection, but in practice, i have no connection.

with unsecured, in the wireless connection window, next to my network its actually saying not connected, but at the bottom of the window, the only option it gives me is to disconnect! and the connection keeps coming and going...

do you think i could simply have a dodgy router?


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It's that or a firewall.

I found one person who set the firewall to "maximum protection." Nothing got in or out. Some choice.

To test if it is I swap the router out or visit a free wifi hotspot. Let me be honest here and that the issue I noted is being found more and more often. That MAC hijack creates a lot of trouble.


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windows firewall

thanks again bob,

i'm only using windows firewall, as comodo wouldn't allow me to connect at all!

i've now set up mac filtering, seeing if that helps. but so far no change.


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Try again.

The discussion I noted about WEP and MAC filtering declares such DEAD! As in you can't count on it and in fact may cause issues if you have a pest in your neighborhood.

You can see how I found out in that discussion. Do that to see if you have the problem.

WPA (and WPA2 if your systems allow it) is today's cure. I can't write how often people don't try it my way.


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Pbs using WEP and a fresh Windows XP SP2

Hello John,

I have the same problem, using Windows XP SP2:
when using WEP, the icon shows "not connected", though I am.

When using WPA, no problem.

(I try to use WEP because another device of my network doesn't support WPA - a wifi receiver for TV; my wifi router is a Belkin G+)

WEP is not as good as WPA:
the 128 bit key is broadcasted every ... seconds, maybe that explains that the Windows icon turns red (though it keeps connected).
The message when displaying "all wireless networks" is very funny:
My_Wifi "Not Connected" You are now connected...
(But sometimes (once or twice this morning) it really disconnects BTW)

I thought Windows XP SP2 was now perfect, after all these years, and corrective patches... (Vista ? no thanks Wink

Finally, not to waste my time (because it's sunny outside Wink, I turned back to WPA.


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