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i have 3 pc's on a powerline lan but win xp sp2  says I have limited or no connectivity details show no default gateway no wins server & no dns server. I have little networking experience what do I do?
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

If you don't have a server within your domain, you wouldn't have a WINS and DNS server (these are used for dynamic name resolution. If you connect to a pc, you don't need to use it's ip address, but you can use it's name). Your default gateway is the ip address that u use to get to the internet (normally the internall ip address of your router).

So if you don't have a server or a router, you indeed wouldn't have DNS and WINS. In a network as small as this, i wouldn't mind these "errors". I may assume you are able to work??
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by:Salgd
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HI,

I have only a cable modem and 3 pc's all running xp pro 2 of the 3 now have sp2 installed. The pc connected to the cable modem is no longer listed as having limited or no connectivity on the home network adapter because I assigned an ip address of 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0 . I tried to switch the home network  back to setting tcip to obtain ip address automaticly and it was unable to acquire address and said limited or no connectivity. I am able to work this way and get on the internet but the second pc can't get on the internet but can see my computer. I am using phoneline adapters not powerline adapters as I said previously.
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by:rhandels
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Hi,

So 1 pc makes sure that all the others are connected to the internet??
Go to this one pc, then go to the properties of teh NIC that is connected to the cable modem, go to the sharing tab and make sure to select "share this internet connection", this is called ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) and created for smaller networks like yours. After that, make sure to reboot this machine. The other NIC in this pc will indeed get iip address 192.168.0.1 assigned to him. After that, reboot all other machines and they should be able to conect to the internet (using the "modem machine" as a DHCP server and default gateway.

>>I am using phoneline adapters not powerline adapters as I said previously.<<

Not quite sure what you mean by this. Are u using phoneline adapters on the machines to have a network?? I would say switchs to Network Cards and Cat5, makes you life much easier..
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by:Salgd
ID: 12070271
Thanks for your comments:

Yes I am using phoneline adapters to form the network and I am planning to wire up the house  with cat 5, but can't for some time.  The cable modem  appears as 'Connected, Shared,Firewalled' in network connections  and the home network shows up as limited or no connectivity, Firewalled.

I ran ipconfig and it shows as follows:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Sal>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : piii-800
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Home Network:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NETGEAR PA101 USB Phoneline10X Adapt
er
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-30-AB-00-E7-6F
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.61.36
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
        DHCP Class ID . . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Motorola SURFboard 4200 USB Cable Mo
dem
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0B-06-2F-0C-3B
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 69.118.60.78
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.248.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 69.118.56.1
        DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 167.206.3.153
        DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 167.206.3.153
                                            167.206.3.152
                                            167.206.3.219
        Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, September 14, 2004 10:06:42
 PM
        Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, September 18, 2004 10:06:4
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C:\Documents and Settings\Sal>


The second computer (has tcp ip protocol properties set to acquire ip address automaticly and also has limited connectivity) is still unable to use the internet but it  can see my computer The 3rd pc is same
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rhandels earned 150 total points
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Hi,

Here's your error

>>Ethernet adapter Home Network:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NETGEAR PA101 USB Phoneline10X Adapt
er
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-30-AB-00-E7-6F
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.61.36<<

The ip address shouldn't be 169.254.x.x. This is a new feature of 2000 and XP. If the machine cannot see any DHCP server, it gives itself an ip address in this range. Normally, if you enable sharing on the LAN2 connection, the ip address of the Home LAN needs to be 192.168.0.1. I would suggest disabling ICS (sharing internet connnection) and enable it again. Your home Home Connection should then have an ip address of 192.168.0.1

>>Yes I am using phoneline adapters to form the network and I am planning to wire up the house  with cat 5<<

To be honest with ya, i only worked with Lan cabling (Cat5) and never with phoneline adapters. So these might be the problem of ICS not functioning. You could try to get 1 pc and place it physically next to the ICS machine and make sure to coneect the Home Netwrok Connection to the other machine using a cross over cable and see if it works then.
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by:Salgd
ID: 12079865
That Resolved the Problem I disabled ics on the server pc and it reset the ip address to 192.168.91 but the 2nd PC still showed limited or no connectivity so I clicked repair and this time it worked! It now has access th the internet!!! Thank you.
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