Please help, problems with wireless connection

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by KoNI, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. KoNI

    KoNI Network Guru Member

    Hi All,

    This is my 1st post so here goes. Firstly I will list my setup:-
    1 pc connected to Linksys WRT54G via Ethernet
    Firmware linksys 3.01.3 (I think)
    1 pc with Belkin 802.11g wireless adapter card
    1 NTL broadband connection.
    XP Pro SP2 on both machines

    My problem:-
    I have no issues with my pc connected to my router via RJ45, all works a treat. However my wireless is the issue, I have set the router to DHCP and it has given my wired pc an ip of, but my wireless is another matter.

    The wireless can see the router and I can make a connection to it and get a very good to excellant conenction, I use WEP to authenticate. But I can not see my network or even ping the router.

    After doing an ipconfig /all I see my wireless has been given an ip in the range of 164.194.**.** : so this is why I am unable to ping or connect to the network.

    Can anyone help me solve this problem, I am presuming the router should dish out the next DHCP ip i.e ??? there are no other networks in the area that can effect this connecton and like I said I get a good wireless connection to the router.

    I am very new to this wireless network and it is driving me mad, I have spent days trying to solve it and looking through forums.

    Cheers for your time

    Knighty :D
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    164.194.x.x is Windows internal IP. It is a result of not establishing a network connection and that's why PING fails.

    1. How are you managing the wireless network on the client? Are you using XP's own Wireless Zero Configuration or Belkin's own wireless manager? If you are using the latter, have you disabled WZC?

    2. Make sure you are using the correct WEP Key on the client as well as on the router. I have seen where the WEP Key is off by one character but the client still reports a connection but without establishing a network.

    Linksys generates 4 Keys, make sure you are entering the correct one on the client.

    3. Try disable the firewall on your client if you installed/enabled one.

    4. Make sure you haven't enabled MAC Address Filtering without adding the MAC Address of your wireless adapter.

    5. Is the router's SSID Broadcast already enabled? From your description, it looks like it is. If so, ignore this.

    6. You didn't say which type of interface the wireless adapter is using. Sometimes disconnecting the adapter, wait for a few seconds before reinserting it may help. If you are using a PCI adapter, try disabling the card and then reable it. I even came across a couple times where removing the driver, reboot and allow Windows to reinstall the driver may help.
  3. Viperiontech

    Viperiontech Network Guru Member


    First: Re-enter your WEP key in your PC's wireless configuration (do not cut and paste. This doesn't always work.)

    Second: It sounds like an ip conflict. Go to your router config screen. Check your DHCP setup. If you have assigned a fixed ip address to your desktop you will need to exclude that address from the DHCP range.

    So, make your starting DHCP address Then check all other configs as Esquire recommends.


    Wi-Fi: Spreading the disease since 1999
  4. KoNI

    KoNI Network Guru Member

    Victory at last

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all your advice and valuable pointers, I managed to sort the problem out last night, although I am not to sure on what it was I did exactly.

    I changed the IP range in the router to 192.168.2. then used WPA/TKIP instead of WEP, I also used the WZC instead of the belkin software.

    I have a PCI wireless card btw.

    Gave all a reboot and the DHCP dished out the correct IP to the wireless, I can now surf the internet from my arcade machine...Nice! :lol:

    So again thanks again for your ideas.

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