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trouble connecting 2nd XP laptop wirelessly to Belkin router

I am having trouble connecting a 2nd computer wirelessly to my Belkin Cable/DSL Gateway router. I can connect both to the internet if one laptop is connected wirelessly and the other is connected directly to the router. If I try and connect the 2nd laptop with a wireless network connection it will find the network but when I connect, it says I have limited or no connectivity. If I try to repair or reconnect I get an error saying the network did not assign a network address to the computer and it can't renew the IP address.

I have gone online and looked at the router settings and I have DHCP enabled and the DHCP server has an IP Pool of I have updated the firmware on the router to the latest firmware.

I have tried this with multiple laptops all running XP. It gets the same response on the 2nd laptop no matter which laptop I try to connect to 2nd. The first one works, the 2nd one does not.

It is set to automatically assign the ip address from the ISP.

Any help would be appreciated!

--Lisa Robinson

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In reply to: trouble connecting 2nd XP laptop wirelessly to Belkin router

Try it with the settings we have in our forum sticky.

Next, tell us what's different, if it ever worked and a link to your Belkin model product. I didn't find it in your post.


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answers to your questions...

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Here is a link to the manual for the Router (F5D7230-4):

I read the forum sticky...didn't see much Belkin specific info but:

yes, I'm broadcasting SSID
yes, I tried WinSock XP Fix
yes, I installed the firmware update twice to make sure

no, I'm not using WPA of our laptops is older and does not support WPA. I'm using 64bit WEP security instead.

We have never successfully gotten it to work with two laptops wirelessly...only one.

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set a static ip adress or change the channel on the router

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Have you tried setting a static IP on the laptop, to see if that helps. alternatively try changing the wireless channels on the router.
on the pc that is connected to the router go to and select from the menu on the left "channel and ssid".
try all channels to see if this solves the problem. the error message you get is either a channel issue or the encryption key is incorrect.

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Is it set for Wireless Bridge or router mode.

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While we all know that issue with WEP where someone can hijack your MAC address and you can't connect and WPA cures that... I see this unit has a bridge mode that would do almost as you are telling.

WEP is dead. Find a way to fix that if you want to avoid that headache and time lost.

-> You need to do one last test. Take it to a wifi hotspot. If it fails there then we know it's the problem unit.

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See where it says

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wireless bridging? Uncheck it and reboot the router.

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