Computers on the network don't get right IP

December 24, 2010 at 02:21:07
Specs: Macintosh & PC
It worked fine for years, not so much now.
When everything is working fine, this is what I see:
Netgear router 198.162.1.1
PC laptop A (wireless) 198.162.1.3
PC laptop B (wireless) 198.162.1.1
PC desktop (ethernet) 198.162.1.7
Mac desktop (wireless) 198.162.1.4
iPhone (wireless) 198.162.1.5
The problem:
Laptop A and both desktops (PC and Mac) are ALWAYS working fine. Laptop B and the iPhone can't connect to WiFi and it shows an IP 169.XXX.X.X When I turn off the router and turn it back on, ALL 5 devices connect properly and they all have the correct 198.XXX.X.X IP but after a few minutes, the 2 devices (laptop B and iPhone) can't connect again.
Please help, this doesn't make any sense to me.

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#1
December 24, 2010 at 02:33:55
I think I fixed the issue on the iPhone. I went to the network settings, clicked the Static tab and inserted the IP (198.162.1.5), submask net and router as it's supposed to be. It's keeping itself on the WiFi so far.
How do I define an static IP for laptop B? While all devices have their own IP, isn't it weird that when laptop B is working (after I restart the router), it has the same IP as the router (198.162.1.1)?

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#2
December 24, 2010 at 05:35:22
Maybe PC Laptop B has already a fixed ip address.
You have to change this ip address to a non existing ip address, e.g. 192.162.1.2, which isn't used according to your list.

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#3
December 24, 2010 at 12:45:42
Laptop B (Windows Vista btw) was marked to set IP automatically. I did manually set the IP to one not being used, and submask and default gateway exactly like the other computers. Still not connecting. I also added DNS server (same as default gateway same as router). It says the passkey is incorrect, but the passkey is being typed correctly beyond doubt. Any other ideas?

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#4
December 25, 2010 at 02:30:30
When did you get the message, that ehe passkey is incorrect, when trying to connect to your router wirelessly?

I guess you do.
Have you changed the SSID from the factory settings to your own network name?
Otherwise, there might be another router in your environment, that uses the same SSID (Service Set Identifier, wireless network name), so that you might connect to the wrong wireless network.

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