|the 169.254 address is due to APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing). This occurs when your NIC does not receive an address from a DHCP server, which your router is.|
Why it's not is a difficult question. Is this a wired or wireless NIC? If it's wireless, it must be correctly setup with the same encryption key (if being used), an allow for its MAC address if you are using MAC address filtering, etc.
If it's wired, manually set an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway appropriate for your network, and see if you can connect to the router's setup page.
If you left your netgear at all default settings, you can use the following:
subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 192.168.0.1
Then open a web browser and connect to 192.168.0.1.
Post back on if you were able or not to connect.
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