IP address conflict using Linksys Range Expander
Posted on 2006-05-05
I have just installed a Linksys Wireless G Range Expander WRE54G Ver 2 plugged into an ethernet connection that is ultimately wired through a hub to my Linksys Router (WRT54G ver 1 with latest firmware installed). Not an easy install! Hours on phone with Linksys. I finally got it going, but when I take my laptop into range of the expander I get the message "Windows - System Error. There is an IP address conflict with another system on the network". Interestingly no problem when I am in range of my router. I saw a post addressing this issue with a router. Various suggestions made, such as the possibility of a 2.4 gig phone. Indeed one is right near the expander. I unplugged the phone. No dice. Still the message. Another suggestion was that there could be an IP address conflict with someone in the neighborhood. I checked and, sure enough, there is another Linksys router (unprotected) in range of the Expander (but not in range of my router). The neighbor has a two bar signal. So now I am suspicious that the neighbor is the culprit. How should a get rid of the conflict? Should I reset the expander, the router - or both in order to reset IP addresses? What is confusing is that if I reset the expander (which alone is in range of the neighbor) isn't it the ROUTER which would dole out the IP addresses? I am WEP encrypted (128 bit).