Can't connect to wireless network from Laptop

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by xanvier, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. xanvier

    xanvier Network Guru Member

    Greetings community!

    Thanks to this section and online resources, i am able to set up a small wireless network today.

    However, i faced some problems that i really can't solve and need some of the more experienced members' assistance. Thank you!

    Cable Modem: Motorola SB4200
    Wireless Router: Linksys WRT54G v3.1 (Firmware Version : v4.00.7)

    As stated in the title above, i have set up 2 PCs and 1 laptop to access the internet. The 2 PCs connect to the router thru normal ethernet cables.

    Initially, my laptop can access the internet after logging in successfully with the "network key" entered.

    However, after restarting the laptop, i tried accessing back to the internet but now, the laptop can detect the wireless network, however, after entering the "network key" to access the network, it takes ages and it only reach the "acquiring network address" stage before telling me that it can't connect...

    Can someone kindly tell me how to solve this problem? Thank you!

    If you need more details, feel free to tell me.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Check the DHCP lease time on the DHCP server the value of 0 is one day. You may not be getting another IP Address. What wireless NIC do you have on the Laptop?
  3. xanvier

    xanvier Network Guru Member

    Hi there, here i am, using the laptop surfing and posting this post wirelessly.

    Yep, i know what ya thinking. Haha, i have no idea what happened too! It just works, all of a sudden...

    But after i have reset the router, reconfigure the settings in the laptop and like spending so many hours staring at the "limited or no connectivity" message, i almost gave up...

    Until i switch off all the PCs connected to the router using ethernet cables...and presto, i can connect wireless to the router now. WTF...I hope the problem, well, disappears from now on or else what is the use of wireless router if it can't work properly. Sheez...

    Does the above information reveal some problems with the router configuration or even the laptop wireless network configurations?

    Laptop Spec:

    Dell Inspiron 6000

    Wireless Network Adapter:

    Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

    I hope the above details is able to shed some light on this strange issue?

    @howardp6: May i know what does that option of changing the "DHCP lease time on the DHCP server the value of 0 is one day" does? Thank you.

    update: Sheez...Even if i use the PC that are connected to the router thru ethernet cables, the wirelessly connected laptop can still access the net. I understand this should be the case but how come it works now? :eek:
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