Can't connect PC to access point

June 26, 2009 at 22:49:43
Specs: Windows XP SP3

I have set up my D-Link wireless access point just as I have in numerous other apartments. My Macintosh laptop (PPC/OSX 10.4) connects just fine. I'm on the internet here typing this. My IBM ThinkPad, on the other hand, refuses to connect.

On the IBM, I have it set to obtain IP & DNS server addresses automatically. I have "Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes" with "Append parent suffixes". I have "Register this connection's addresses in DNS". I have no WINS addresses, I have NOT enabled LMHOSTS lookup, and I have 'Default' NetBIOS setting. Anything else I should inform you of?

I can see the wireless network's SSID, but I have "Limited or no connectivity". When I connect to the wireless network, I have an IP address that is 169.254.156.198 (which I think is junk?). From my command prompt, I release my IP, and when I try to renew it, I get "An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out."

On my access point, I have the 802.11g set up to broadcast as an "Access Point". Do I need to Enable the DHCP server? If I do need to, why would my Mac work with it Disabled? And, if I do need to, would I choose "Dynamic Pool Settings" or "Static Pool Settings", and what numbers would I use?

Thank you in advance for your help.


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June 27, 2009 at 02:51:54

If you have configured the IBM to get IP address automatically then you definitely need DHCP enabled on the wireless router. The 169.254.156.198 address is what Window allocates when it cant find a DHCP server.

The MAC probably connects because its IP address has been configured manually. I don't know anything about MACs to tell you how to check that.

Stuart


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