Windows XP pro  - Cannot connect to Internet when using static IP

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-07-27

I've recently upgraded (?) to Win XP and am running into the following problem:

Computer is connected to a small office network via a wireless NIC, I am using a Belkin wireless router that connects to our DSL and acts as a DHCP server.  The router is at  If change the TCP/IP setting for the NIC from 'acquire IP automatically' to a manual setting of, then I can still connect to the network - all network shares etc. are intact - but the internet connection no longer works.  

Didn't have this problem in Win2K - not sure what to do. I have turned off the WinXP SP2 firewall entirely - I went and disabled it in services - so I'm assuming that's not it.  Gotta get this working because the application gateways on the router require a static IP address.

Question by:lpzCoville
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    that is definitely odd. Have you tried to set a DHCP reservation for the mac address of that computer to always be assigned .200? Then change the computer back to DHCP and try it.

    Or another thing it might be is dns. Are you sure you can't get out of your lan, or are you just not resolving names. Try a tracert to (google) or any other public ip.
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    Hi francrl,

    I ran a tracert successfully to google, so maybe I am just not resolving names?  how do I fix this?

    Also; while I had the NIC IP set manually, I tried browsing to several web sites using the IP addresses (google and some sites I run for which we have static IPs), and got 'connection refused' errors - whereas trying to browse the same sites using the friendly names, I got 'connection cannot be found' errors.  Don't know if that helps or means anything.
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    Sorrym, forgot to say -- I tried to set a DHCP reservation for the mac address of the computer to be assigned .200, but I could not find a setting for this in the router software - I don't think it supports it.
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    Expert Comment

    Your DHCP server (the access point?) will have to assign you the correct DNS (usually the lan ip address of the router)
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    Accepted Solution

    If you want it static assign the router ip address as your dns server in TCP/IP properties (same windows where you set up your static ip)
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    Author Comment

    dohh! that was simple.  thanks guys!

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