Unidentified Network

Hewlett Packard/HP Pavili
November 28, 2008 at 12:44:09
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core M
Hey everyone,

I just recently got a new laptop for my birthday. I've been trying to connect to the internet at one of my houses and keep getting the connectivity on the laptop to say "Unidentified Network". What is weird is that my sister who also has a laptop has no issues connecting. What I do is take the cable out of the desktop computer we have and put it into the laptop, just like she does. What is even more weird is that at my other house I do the same exact thing and it works.

Both houses use a router that has the cable from the wall into the router which then has a cable from the router to the computer. Granted I know almost nothing about computers but to me the situations seem exactly the same. Any help anyone could offer would be great and thanks in advance.

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November 28, 2008 at 14:46:04
Maybe your laptop has found a wireless network that you're not connected to.
This is shown up as "Unidentified Network".

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November 28, 2008 at 16:23:31
"What I do is take the cable out of the desktop computer we have and put it into the laptop..."

Before switching the cable from the desktop computer, run ipconfig and jote down what the IP address, Netmask, and gateway IP address is. Then connect your laptop and look at the ipconfig of the laptop. The Netmask and gateway IP address should be the same and the IP address should be the same except for the number(s) after the last period. If that is not the case then you need to get your laptop to request an IP address lease from the router so that it will no longer be on an "unidentified network". One way to get it to request a lease is to reboot the computer (while plugged into the router), but there are more elegant ways.

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