I recently started a new job in which each employee is given a wireless laptop (winxp pro sp2). At work, the laptop is connected to the internet/lan via a regular Cat5 cable (not wireless).
At home I currently have a small network consisting of two PCs and one laptop(winxp home sp2) with a linksys wireless-g router. The Pcs are connected via cat5 cable and the laptop is used wirelessly using WEP encryption. I have no problems with any of these systems.
Now for the problem. I brought my work laptop home, booted it up, and it immediately found my network. I connected (using my WEP keys ofcourse). Great. However, when I opened a browser I couldn't connect to any websites. Then I noticed that the wireless connection had bubble with the message, "This connection has limited or no connectivity. You might not be able to access the Internet or some network resources. "
When I did the ipconfig it seemed that instead of getting a proper Ip (192.168...) it was getting an autoip (169....). Note that all of my home computers are getting the proper IPs. I decided to forget the wireless thing and connect the work laptop via cable. I plugged it in and rebooted and got the same wireless problems (which i expected). IPconfig showed that the wired connection had been assigned the proper IP but I still could not connect to the Internet.
I checked my router's dhcp table and it listed the laptop with a valid IP. However, if I tried to reach the router via a browser from the laptop, it could not connect but if I pinged the routers address (192.168.1.1) through the command prompt it worked.
My work laptop uses the windows xp firewall (so does my home laptop) and an antivirus program. I have shut both down while trying to connect and no luck.
I found this article http://www.pchell.com/support/limitedconnectivity.shtml
but I am not sure if this is supposed to affect my wired connection as well.
Please help. Thanks.