Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
On any Windows device there is a set of protocols called TCP/IP.
When your device connects to a network, it attempts to obtain a TCP/IP network address that means it can connect to other devices on the network, or the Internet.
If it CANNOT obtain an address, you cannot do anything at all.
The actual address you obtain is set by the network administrator, but there is a way to tell if the network is not giving you a "real" address!
Windows 95 or 98 "start", "run" type in "cmd", then in the window that appears type "winipcfg"
Windows 2000 or later, "start", "run" type in "cmd", then in the window that appears type "ipconfig"
Both will give you screens of information that you can scroll through; look for your network adapter, then the IP address. (in the format xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx)
If the address begins 169.254 then you have NOT got a usable network connection.
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