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Linksys WPC54G v2 can't get IP address on WEP Network.

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Hi,

I have installed a WPC54G v2 adapter in a laptop running windows 98. I connected at work to a WPA network without a problem. I came home and tried to connect to the network but cannot get an ip address.

I know the network has a 64-bit WEP Password (i have connected fine from another computer so I know I have the right password). I have compared the WEP Key that the linksys client uses with the key in my router settings and they match. I can see the MAC address of the laptop in my router's wireless status and the linksys client reports it is connected to the router but cannot connect to the internet.

I have tried setting a manual ip address and using an automatic ip address with no luck. Any help or ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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When you configured the IP Address manually, did you specify the default gateway and point it to the router?
If you connect to the router using an ethernet cable do you get an ip address?

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1) make sure that you get the latest client and perhaps even firmware update from the linksys site

I hope this helps !
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by:csialbany
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SysExpert: I downloaded the latest driver and client on the linksys site when installing the card. (The setup works fine when connecting to a network at work so I don't think its the client.)

Radnbne: I configured the gateway manually. The router is 192.168.1.1 . After setting a manual ip running ipconfig produced:

IP: 192.168.1.4
Subnet: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1

However I could not ping 192.168.1.1.

Unfortunately this machine's ethernet adapter is dead so I have not been able to hook up via ethernet cable to the router as you asked previously.

To add another detail: When set to receive an automatic IP the WLAN adapter just gets a random IP with no gateway. This is the same result I have seen when entering the wrong password to a network on other machines.

Thanks for the suggestions, any other ideas?
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by:radnbne
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It seems odd you get a connection elsewhere.....it would indicate your router is not working properly.  Do you have another machine connecting to that router?

You can try resetting your winsock stack

from a DOS prompt type the following:

netsh winsock reset

once it has run, exit the dos prompt and reboot

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The adapter started working this morning. I tried a static ip again with no luck. I removed the static ip and rebooted the computer and the network connected immediatly.

I was in a different room of the apartment so perhaps I was too far from the router to authenticate?

The client was telling me I had "60%" signal strength, however on other devices I have 20 to 30% signal strength in the area I was trying to connect from before.

Thanks for the suggestions, I guess it was just user error...
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