netgear access point connecting to cable modem directly

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I have a netgear wireless access point, that I need to connect directly to a cable modem.  I have set the ssid and the security settings complete, but I am not sure what to do about the IP information.  I tried setting the wireless access point to DHCP, so that it can get an IP assigned to it from the cable modem.  When I try to connect to the internet signal with a laptop through the access point's signal, it says I am connected to the access point, but I cannot browse the internet.  Are there any settings I should be looking for on the netgear access point.  It is plugged directly into the cable modem, which is working.  I have reset both devices already several times.  Thank you for your help.  I am using DELL laptops that have windows xp or 7 loaded.
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Commented:
The modem can probably only provide one public IP address from the ISP... you would need your own wireless router (not an AP) to provide each of your clients with an address.
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What model is the AP exactly?

An AP is not a router remember, its a switch, the IP assigned to the AP from the cable modem is irrelavant since the IP is only used for management of the AP

Does the cable modem hand out IP's?
When you are connected to the AP what IP are you obtaining?
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Agree with @leuqarte, you need a router if the cable modem isn't handing out IP's, AP alone won't work here...

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You guys were dead on.  I was unaware that an access point is more like a switch than a router.  We need a wireless router.  Thank you very much!

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