I recently purchased a Netgear WGT624 v2 wireless router to connect 3 PCs to a broadband modem. The first PC, a Dell desktop, is connected directly to the router - no problems. The second PC, an older Gateway desktop, is connected wirelessly using a USB Linksys Receiver - no problem here either. Which brings us to the Sony VIAO PCG-V505EX laptop, my problem child.
When I first hooked up the router, I used all defaults. Both the Gateway desktop and Sony laptop came right up wirelessly. I then changed the SSID and implemented WEP 128 bit security. The Gateway desktop came right up again. The laptop apparently connects to the router, but I cannot ping the router.
When I turn on the wireless receiver on the Sony laptop, it displays a message that it is connected to the router with an excellent signal (of course the laptop is right next to the router at the moment).
When I right-click the icon in the system tray and display the status, the general tab shows a status of ‘connected’ with a speed of ’54.0 mps’. When I click the ‘Support’ tab, all of the TCP/IP settings are ‘<Unavailable>’.
When I select ‘Repair Connection’, I get the following error message: ‘TCP/IP is not enabled for this connection. Cannot proceed’.
An early issue I had was that I had to manually set the IP address for the Sony laptop, since the IP address it was using was not in the correct range for the router. The router is using ‘188.8.131.52’. I set the Sony laptop to ‘192.168.0.145’. Having done that, the Sony laptop connects fine when I physically connect it to the router. But that didn’t fix the wireless connection.
The command ‘ipconfig’ on the Sony laptop yields the following:
IP Address: 192.168.0.145
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1
When I tried the command 'ipconfig /release', I got the following error message: ‘The operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation’.
I have compared my wireless and network adaptor settings on the Sony laptop with those on the Gateway desktop. They appear to be identical.
I have Norton Internet Security installed on the laptop, but disabling it doesn’t help.
The XP firewall is not enabled
The laptop is running XP Home with all available updates applied.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.