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Dell Laptop WiFi Connection

I have a dell inspirion 6000 laptop. Im in the military deployed overseas. The router that i connect to is a public router that all military members use. I have had no problems for the past 5 months but as of 3 days ago anytime that i connect all i get is "Limited or no Connectivity". All of the other users are able to connect with no problems. My signal strength is excellent. I've tried to rollback to my previous settings of a week ago and also tried the repair function of the Integrated ProSet Wireless under the control panel but neither worked. Any ideas??

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  • LiveDakota Jul 03, 2008

    It is windows XP. Also i just looked and not sure if this could be the problem but the IP address and default gateway are exactly the same. All settings are set to automatic for obtaining the IP address.

  • LiveDakota Jul 03, 2008

    It is ticked. I have tried that already with no change. Any other ideas?

  • LiveDakota Jul 03, 2008

    You are correct, there are no security settings for the network that i am trying to connect to. There is a "Logon" that is required once you are connected and open your browser window. As far as settings, i compared mine with a friend that was connected and they are the same....with different IP address of course.

    With the address' that the router assigns, if the IP and Gateway are the same, could that cause this problem? That was the only difference i could see in my settings and the other computer....his two address' were different.

  • Dave May 11, 2010

    are you running XP or VISTA



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Right click on the WiFi icon on the taskbar, select "view available wireless networks".

Then right click on change order of preferred networks

If the "Use windows to configure my wireless" is unticked, tick it

From the list below select the network you are trying to connect to and remove it and press OK

Then right click on the WiFi icon again and Vioew available networks and try to connect

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  • Dave Jul 03, 2008

    ok then try this

    Right click on the WiFi icon on the taskbar, select "view available wireless networks".

    Then right click on change order of preferred networks

    If the "Use windows to configure my wireless" is unticked, tick it

    From the list below select the network you are trying to connect to and press "properties"

    I assume the connection has no security but perhaps it does ??

    I would expect that if the n/w you are connecting to has no security (public) then the authentication will be OPEN and the data encription will be disabled but perhaps not

    Also try ticking the "connect even if the network is not broadcasting"

    If possible compare these settings to a system that is working and make any changes required

  • Dave Jul 03, 2008

    also on the "connection" tab make sure the "connect when the network is in range" is ticked

  • Dave Jul 03, 2008

    Yes I think the IP's should be different. Is your "gateway" IP the same as the other PC?

    Try disabling the wifi card and re enabling it

    "Start, Settings, Network connections"

    Then right click on the wifi icon and disable it. then reboot PC and enable the wifi again

  • Scott Mar 29, 2012

    on mine the Gateway and the,DHCP settings are the same,
    If you did this ,Then right click on the wifi icon and disable it. then reboot PC and enable the wifi again,,,,you may have to get an Ethernet Wire and hard wire it directly to the router and the laptop ,,make sure you can connect with it hard wired first ,,than enable wireless and try to connect wireless..



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