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Linksys wireless stop working, network did not assign a network address. HELP

Posted on 2006-03-27
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have been using the Wireliss-B 2.4GHz Broadband Router, Linksys, for about a year with no problems. Today, I tried to get on the internet and the error message, "You might not be able to access the internet. This problem occurred because the network did not assign a network address to the computer". My OS is XP  PRO. This is my home computer which has information I need to get my work done by Wednesday. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks
Question by:Rockhound07
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Expert Comment

ID: 16299193
Hi there,

First thing to check would be is your pc getting an IP address from the wireless router, ie. run an IP config and see if you are receiving an IP address. I presume you have unplugged the router and left it for a few minutes then plugged it in again. Also if its XP pro you can try right clicking your wireless adapter and repairing it. If you are not getting an IP address from the router try and manually assign your wireless adapter an IP address within the range and see if that helps...is that error being received on the router or pc?

Author Comment

ID: 16299302
Blazingblu, I tried running IP config but when I did, a black screen popped up and I waited for about 40 seconds, then some data came up but it disappeared before I could read any of it.

I did unplug the router for a few mintues and replugged it. No luck. I also tried to repair it but still no connection. I do notice when I when I try to connect, on the left of the screen there is writing in the Detail area that has IP Address
                                                       Subnet Mask Assigned by DHCP.

There then is a message that says, NO Connectivity.
The Details then read IP ADDRESS
                                Subnet Mask

How would I manually assign an IP address?
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Expert Comment

ID: 16299320
If you're really in a rush, you can wire directly to it until you get the wireless up and running.

However, do you have security disabled? Also, is your SSID different than that of any other network in your area? You could possibility be connected to the wrong network.

Does it work fine if you connect directly to the router? If you get the same error, what happens if you give your machine a static IP? If this still doesn't work, you can reset your router to factory settings by pushing and holding the reset putting on the back of the router for a few seconds.
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Accepted Solution

Irwin Santos earned 2000 total points
ID: 16299342
You may have to reset the router..

Go to your network properties of your LAN, choose TCP/IP and force the following settings

IP address:

go to internet Explorer, then type in the URL

Got the Linksys admin?  Good, record all the information you can.. as you will need to reset the router and have to enter your settings again.

If not, then dig it up as you will have to reset

PUSH the button in the pinhole of the Linksys.

Enter your router configuration.. test the connection.. got Internet? good, accept and Grade A

Expert Comment

ID: 16299387
Hi there,

To assign IP manually open up your network connection, click on the wireless adapter, right click and go to properties. Select TCP/IP and then click properties. Then enter in IP address of, subnet, Default gateway Then apply that. Try go to start, run and type cmd. Then when in command prompt type ipconfig /all. See if the adapter has kept the setting of the IP address. If so try typing ping, see if you get a reply. What i would do however too is connect your LAN connection with a cable to the router and see what IP range you are running and if LAN adapter gets an IP assigned to it...maybe something wrong with your wireless access card, if LAN adapter gets IP then at least we can access the router through a wired connection to see whats going on...

Author Comment

ID: 16299759

I did reset the router and I am now back on line. Now I can get back to work. Thanks to all you had inputs on this matter.
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by:Irwin Santos
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cool. thank you!

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