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Internet Connectivity For 3 months i have tried to connect my dell laptop to the internrt via a PEAk ii WIRELESS lan USB adaptor. All it does is 'aquiring network address' and hangs - what can i do???

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  • Anonymous May 25, 2008

    I have the same problem with my WG511 v2 54 Mbps wireless PC card. It tried to get the IP address when installed and hang.

  • TWODOGS2411 May 28, 2008

    all is working fine, except my router is nolonger encrypted. Is this a problem??

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For some reason your laptop isn't resolving DHCP (in real terms, it's either asking for a network address and getting no reply, or getting a reply it can't understand).

There are a couple of ways to go about solving it.

- try turning any security or encryption the wireless router is using off. If you can connect without security, the problem is in the security settings, not the hardware.

- Check for the router setting called "DHCP server enabled". This should be set to ON. Your router manual will tell you where this may be found. If it's not set to ON then the router won't talk to your network card.

- If these things fail, make sure your computer is running DHCP and asking correctly. To do this, go into Control Panel, Computer Management and look in the Services list for DHCP. If this service is disabled, enable it. If it seems okay, click on it and select "Restart the service" Try again when the service has been restarted.

Posted on May 26, 2008

  • Edward Sheldon
    Edward Sheldon May 28, 2008

    It's only a problem insofar as other people can use your connection, but by unencrypting it you can tell there's no hardware problems with either the router or the computer. It's up to you if - given that you've established there are no hardware problems - you'd like to try and turn on security again.

    Another option that works fine without security on is to limit router connections by MAC address, and only give it one address - your own card. Let me know if you'd like detailed instructions on how to do this.


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