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 (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 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.


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