Wireless Network Adapter refuses to get IP from DHCP server

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I have two Netgear WG302 Wireless Access Points in bridging mode and connecting to the network without any problems.  I have two clients using a Netgear WG311T wireless adapter connecting to these access points.  One of them accesses the network fine, the other refuses to get an IP address from my DHCP server.

It appears to connect fine, it can see the wireless network and connect, but it can not get an IP address, so it assigns itself the standard 169.254.29.209 IP address and will not communicate with the network.  

The Signal is registering as good, however the access point is located only 5 feet from the computer so I would expect it to say excellent - what's that about?  The other client that connects fine is about 20 foot away and signal is excellent.

Any ideas?

PS. If I assign a static IP - it will not connect with the network.
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Is the client which works connecting to one AP, and the one which doesn't work connecting to another AP, or are they both connecting to the same one? The fact that a static IP doesn't work would indicate a problem with an access point or it could be a deeper problem with the OS installation

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Hi tigermatt, thanks for your reply.  They are both connecting to the same AP.  I guess I could try the card in a different computer.

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Are you using security? WPA etc... It sounds like it is not getting associated with the AP which would indicate either a security mis-match or for some reason there is an incompatibility...... Have you checked for drivers updates?

>>>The Signal is registering as good, however the access point is located only 5 feet from the computer so I would expect it to say excellent - what's that about?  The other client that connects fine is about 20 foot away and signal is excellent.

Antennas don't necessarily radiate straight out from the antenna. You could get so close to an AP that the signal goes completely over the PC. Sometimes further is better.


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Thanks jekl2000, when I get a chance to I will check the WEP code again but I have entered it many times already.

I will also check for driver updates as you reccomend.
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The fact that if you assign a static IP it doesn't connect to the network either, is a problem.  So, either you have a fault wireless NIC or there are some additional settings or configurations that are preventing it from connecting (such as persistent routes, LMHost entries, etc).

Trying the card in a different machine would confirm if that's where your problem is.  

Trying a different, working NIC in this machine would confirm if there are settings/config problems.

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I stuck the card into a different machine and all was OK, however the Wireless Access Point has decided to fail on me and is being replaced by Netgear.  Once this is back up and running I can continue troubleshooting this issue.

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Access Point replaced and all working perfectly - thanks for all your help.

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