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Windows 8.1 gateway and dhcp issues

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I have a couple of wireless routers set up as ap's with dhcp turned off.
Set up a Toshiba 8.1 system the other day and it just won't take a dhcp address from the main router.

It's as if it thinks the AP is the main gateway.

It autoconfigures with a 169 address.

I thinking it's another frigging M$ feature they thought was a good idea at the time.

I have another 8.1 system that works fine and my 7 systems have no issues.

It just seems to want to use another router/ap as a default gateway.

Any ideas?
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by:Frosty555
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A "friggin M$ features" is almost certainly not to blame here.

The 169 address means it cannot communicate with your DHCP server and has autoassigned itself and IP. Since it does not yet have an IP address from your network it isn't using *anything* as a gateway... yet.

What are the exact model #'s of your wireless routers, and do they both have the same SSID configured?

A lot of cheap consumer wireless routers are not designed to be access points, and if you have two of them in the same area with the same SSID they do not cooperate together, resulting in strange flaky issues like you are describing where one machine works, and another one doesn't.

First thing I would try is change your wireless router settings so they each use a different SSID (or turn off the second wireless router so only one of them is on) and see if the laptop connects then.
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by:pgm554
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Nope this is a Netgear Genie,all patched and it does have the ap feature built in and turned on.

This is a brand new Toshiba laptop.

Tried latest  Realtek rtl8188ee drivers from Toshiba Realtek and M$ ,all cause connects and disconnects rapidly.

I have Dell Latitude, Fujitsu and other Toshiba Satellite that works fine with this AP/router and another brand that works too.

Mix of N and g cards and they get correct ip addresses.

Could be defective system,but seen too many posts with same issue and 8.1.
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by:Scott Thompson
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Since you mentioned that is connects and disconnects rapidly, make sure to clear out any saved settings you might have for the AP.

I have also have trouble myself if your AP's are the same SSID.  Adding a 2 to the existing SSID or something to that nature makes a world of difference for random connection issues.

Do you have your AP set up with a static IP and can verify that it is correctly connected to the main router?
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by:Frosty555
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Netgear Genie is not the name of a model of device, it's the name of the software that Netgear includes to help you configure it.

What are the exact model # of your devices?

And have you tried testing it with only one wireless router turned on?
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Actually it turns out that it was a Comcast DOCSIS issue.

Had to upgrade the cable modem as they had changed the service model.
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Comcast issue.
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