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Cannot connect to wireless

I have a Dell Inspiron 2200
Dell Wireless 1370 WLAN Mini PCI Card

I've never had a problem connecting to wireless before. Recently I tried connecting to my new network and although it said: 'connected, signal strength very good' it also said 'acquiring address'. Thus, I could not get on the internet.

I believe I had to change the IP address. So I looked at my roommate's computer and found the IP address. It was 192.168.1.1 But my computer also asked for a 'subset mask' and 'default gateway'. I googled this IP address and got some numbers for these things. Clearly I have no idea what I'm doing.

SO, usually, to get the wireless internet going, I click on Start>Run> then hit okay because when I open 'Run' there was always something already written in the blank. When I did this I got a list of programs. I would then click on Wireless Internet, it would say Stopped, and I would hit Start, and it would work, hooray!

So after all my fiddling with IP addresses, I restarted my computer and first went to Start>Run> but it was blank! It gives me the option to type something in or browse, but I have no idea how to restore what was usually there so I can restart my wireless. So now I'm in really bad shape.

Hope this information will allow someone to help me. I am not to familiar with this stuff but am doing the best I can.

Thank you!

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  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009

    Okay. I did that, but now I'm back to where I started. I was originally on the automatic settings and the wireless connection was saying 'incorrect IP address". I was unable to fully connect. It said connected and acquiring address.

    Regardless of that, I cannot access the possible connections. Usually when you click on wireless it gives you a list of networks to choose from. Well right now it says "Wireless cannot configure this wireless connection". Usually what I do is go to Start>Run> Then simply press okay. (There is something already written in the box). This brings me to a window listing a bunch of programs (?) I'd scroll down to wireless, select it, then press start to get it doing. BUT, I can't do that anymore! The box is blank under 'Run'. I don't know what was originally there and I don't know why it disappeared. It has simply made my problem worse than it already was.


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You have changed your TCP/IP settings and it cannot communicate with your wireless router.
Open the Control Panel, Click on Network Connections, then right click on Wireless Network Connection, then scroll down and click on to highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click on the Properties button.
Select (click on) Obtain an IP address automatically
Select (click on) Obtain DNS server address automatically
Click OK and close and shutdown and reboot Windows

You should now be able to access the Internet

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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    Chris Hingee Jan 26, 2009

    The next thing to check is the wireless router's wireless configuration.

    Do you know how the wireless router is configured, does it have encryption enabled if so is it WEP or WAP or WAP2 and the encryption key?

    Do you know the SSID?

    Do you know if MAC address filtering is enabled, if so is the MAC address of your Wireless card been added to the wireless router's configuration?

    Do you know the IP configuration address of the wireless router, if so can you ping that address and get a reply?

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