Router connectivity but no Internet

December 4, 2005 at 20:20:14
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition S, 1.30 gigahertz Intel Pent

I have a Netgear router and my laptop is successfully connected to it; however, I cannot get to the Internet. I do have the ip address of 169.254.x.x, but I do not understand why. What makes this more confusing for me is that I installed a usb netgear network adapter and it successfully gets to the Internet. I would like to know what is causing my 169.254.x.x when I can get to the Internet via an external adapter.

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December 4, 2005 at 23:12:27

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:
Default gateway:

Then open a web browser and connect to

Post back on if you were able or not to connect.

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December 5, 2005 at 12:13:33

wireless is abit different from wired, it dosent use the 3 way handshake to connect u like wired media does. u can connect to ur router, but its not authenticating u, so u will see on ur wireless actvity(click icon on taskbar on the right).

try the static option as the guy said above, but also try to see if there is any wirmware updates for ur router

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December 5, 2005 at 17:21:26

Still trying to figure out what I am doing wrong/differently. Let's change configurations for a moment. I have another desktop that is having a similar problem. It has a usb Netgear that appears to have a strong connection to the router, but has a 169.254.x.x IP address.

This is a wireless connection. I have been successful in the past, but something has changed. It is my understanding that I should NOT have to supply a static IP, but it should get one dynamically. Any suggestions?

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December 5, 2005 at 18:17:33

If you are utilizing the DHCP server in your router, you shouldn't have to specify an IP address. That was a troubleshooting step. We need to determine if it's simply an issue with the DHCP server in the router, or what. Please do as I posted above.

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December 11, 2005 at 08:40:23

I am just getting back to this, but still having the problem. I have a wireless Netgear router connected to an XP desktop that is successfully getting to the internet via cable ISP. The Windows 2000 desktop that sits across the room is using a Netgear MA111 802.11b wireless usb adapter. It appears to have a strong signal from the router, but it is getting an IP of 169.254.x.x. I expect to really learn something from this lesson and would appreciate the assistance.

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