cannot acquire ip address at home

December 28, 2010 at 15:45:29
Specs: Windows XP
I have a laptop that connects fine to the internet any where I go except home. I have a Linksys Wireless Router at home and can connect to it fine via my home laptop (Windows Vista).
I am sure I have the correct wep and password because I connect to the network, just can't acquire ip address...it keeps trying and trying to no avail.

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#1
December 28, 2010 at 15:50:36
I have had this problem. It is usually do to lots of noise on the signal. Try connecting direct and see if it gets an IP. If so try changing your Wireless Channel on your modem.

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#2
December 28, 2010 at 23:56:55
So while you can connect to your wireless linksys router with your Vista machine, it's most likely, that you have configured MAC address filtering and forgot to add that computers MAC address to the exception list.

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#3
December 29, 2010 at 00:05:18
Thanks for the suggestion about the Mac address.
Not sure I understand. Do I add the Mac address for what to what?

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#4
December 29, 2010 at 00:15:52
You have to enter the routers web setup interface from within your internet browser, e.g.:
http://192.168.1.1

Check the wireless security settings and find something like MAC address filtering.
Here you should be able to add new computers MAC address to the list.
Therefore, you have to figure out the MAC address of the computer, you'd like to add to the exception list, by using the command prompt tool ipconfig.
So open up a CMD (command prompt) and type in ipconfig /all
In the output to the screen, search for the wireless network card and write down the MAC address of it.
This MAC address must be added to the exception list in your router.

But this all only has to be done, if MAC address filtering is enabled in your routers setup. Otherwise, there is another problem, that needs to be figured out.

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#5
December 30, 2010 at 21:59:52
My router does not have Mac filtering enabled. So still no luck.

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#6
December 30, 2010 at 22:00:50
I should add, if I didn't say so before, that my work computer will connect to my home lan, just won't acquire the ip address.

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#7
December 31, 2010 at 06:19:24
I think, you have to crosscheck the encryption type and the encryption key on the computer in question.
Because you will connect to the router, if you select the correct SSID (Wireless network name), but if the encryption type or key or both are incorrect, you are neither allowed to aquire an ip address nor to access your network and the internet.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
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#8
December 31, 2010 at 09:31:30
The encryption type matches. Perhaps I should change the key on the router, then try again. I've been hesitant to do so because my home laptop connects fine and I didn't want to mess it up.

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#9
December 31, 2010 at 10:08:36
So enter the routers setup, write down the encryption type and key and configure the wireless connection at the laptop in question.

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Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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