Router not working: likely DHCP issue

Hello.

I recently purchased a used (but almost new) Netgear Wireless Router (model MR814)

I am running Windows XP.

The installation instructions read:


   1.  The computer should be configured to obtain an IP address automatically via DHCP
   2.  Connect the cables
   3.  Restart the network and computer in the correct sequence
   4.  Log into the Router: http://192.168.0.1

I tried this but it does not work.  I get "The page cannot be displayed"

I ran "IPCONFIG /all" and got this:

    C:\DOCUME~1\OWNER>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

        Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : your-us53py6l1v
        Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
        Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
        IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
        WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

        Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
        Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC #2
        Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-40-2B-2C-59-0B
        Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
        Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.187.168
        Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
        Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :


Which looks like it is my problem.  The connection is set to "Obtain an IP Address Automatically" and "Obtain DNS Server addresses automatically"

I have tried "ipconfig /release" and it doesn't work.
I have tried "ipconfig /renew" and I get a timeout error

Any ideas?


Thanks!
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lrmooreCommented:
Two things to try:
1. There should be a 'reset' button to reset to factory defaults on the router. Try that first.
2. Try manually assigning yourself an IP address of 192.168.0.100, subnet mask 255.255.255.0, default gateway 192.168.0.1  - then see if you can log into the router. The DHCP server may be disabled on it. The fact that you get an IP address in the 169.254.x.x range means that you did not get any response from a DHCP server. Are you getting a link light on both ends of the patch cable? I'm assuming you are using a wire connection before you try a wireless connection?
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hankknightAuthor Commented:
Thanks -- reseting it did the trick!
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