Connecting a PC to a router that has been set

Hewlett-packard / Dv4170us
June 30, 2010 at 21:26:22
Specs: Windows XP
Hello all. I recently moved into a new apartment and my new roommate already has a wireless internet router installed. He uses a Mac computer, however, which is what the router was configured with. When I attempt to connect wirelessly, with my HP notebook using Windows XP, to the router I am given the "limited or no connectivity" message. When I used the command prompt to discover what ip address I was assigned the following is listed: Autoconfiguration IP Address: 169.254112.227, Subnet Mask: with the Default Gateway and DNS left blank. I find that I am not receiving any packets through the connection. I guess I'm wondering if I can even connect to the router since my rooommate has it set up with a Mac? If I can, how would you recommend assigning a IP address that will be usable? I understand that a "169" IP address indicates that the DHCP is not assigning a correct IP address. How can I get around this?

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June 30, 2010 at 21:40:46
basically your laptop is not connecting successfully that is why you are receiving a invalid ip address(169.x.x.x). i would be best if you could ask your room-mate if you could change the wireless setting of the router.

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June 30, 2010 at 21:56:38
Thanks for the quick response. Do you think it could have anything to do with him using a Mac?

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July 1, 2010 at 05:28:10
The router doesn't care if you're using MAC, Windows, Linux or UNIX. It's DHCP server sits and listens. When it hears a request for an IP, it responds. Obviously it's not hearing the laptop.

If it were me, I'd start by ensuring the laptop is connecting to the wireless network correctly. It seems most likely it's not (ergo the DHCP request is not getting through to the DHCP server).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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