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Old December 28th, 2006, 05:25 AM
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Unhappy Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"



OK - here's the deal......we've got 4 wireless laptops and 1 desktop with a Netgear wireless adapter. A few months ago, I installed a Netgear router (GTR624) in our home. 3 of the 4 laptops connect with no problems. However, the desktop and Dell laptop get a message of "limited or no connectivity". The signal itself shows as "good" or "very good", but I still cannot get onto the internet. I checked the IP addresses for the 2 that don't connect and it showed 169.254.....(can't remember the rest) and was told this is a "dormant" IP? Meaning the router cannot see it? I have security settings with a passphrase setup, but have not specified computer names themselves. I don't understand why 3 computers work with this, but the other 2 do not. Can someone PLEASE HELP????? I'm at my wits end, and I"m sick and tired of speaking with techs when there is a language barrier and spending hours on the phone.
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Old December 28th, 2006, 05:43 AM
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Default Re: Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"

Whoops, sorry.....my Netgear router is WGT624 v3
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Old December 28th, 2006, 07:27 AM
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Default Re: Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"

A 169.254.x.x ip address is an automatically assigned ip address - that and the "limited or no connectivity" message point to there being a problem with the network connection - your systems are configured to get an ip address automatically and they are unable to find a DHCP server from which to get one.

The fact that your other three computers are working indicates that they are seeing the DHCP server - usually one of the services handled by the wireless router - so we need to look at the communication channels between the router and the two non working systems.

All you have told us at this point is that you have a Netgear WGT624 wireless router, how about you tell us what sort of wireless cards are in your computers?
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Old December 28th, 2006, 08:49 PM
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Question Re: Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"

Hey, I am pretty much in the same boat here. I need help ASAP.. can someone give me a hand here?.... thanks
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Old December 29th, 2006, 06:34 AM
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Had this problem (limited or no connectivity) a couple of months ago and being a non-techie struggled to resolve it after an e-mail to MS produced an acknowledgement that they "shared my pain" but could only suggest that I try one of their premium help phone lines. Right!

So here is the poor man's guide to solving the problem:

1) Got the kid to connect wirelessly to the internet with his Sony PSP, so the wireless was ok.

2) Booted up the PC with a Suse Linux evaluation CD and managed to connect to the internet. This confirmed that the router and the PC network card were ok.

3) Re-booted the PC into windows XP but still no connectivity. This is where I get stuck so I Google 'no connectivity' and eventually find a free utility which claims that a corrupted TCP/IP stack or a malformed LSP are the most common cause of lost connectivity apart from mechanical problems. Don't ask me what this means. I downloaded the file and ran the TCP/IP repair utility. Nothing! Then I ran the Winsock/LSP program and Bingo, problem solved.

No guarantees offered and please read the warning advice on the website at:- http://www.xp-smoker.com/freeware.html
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Old December 29th, 2006, 06:35 AM
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Default Re: Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"

Cassandra91 -

As in the case with se2murphy - if you don't tell us what equipment you are using, then we won't be able to help you.
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Old December 30th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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Turned out my router was working fine. It was something within the laptop itslelf and the desktop. I caved and took it into a PC place and they fixed it. Thanks for the help, though
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:20 PM
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Default Re: Wireless - "limited or no connectivity"

I am having exactly the same problem with my Netgear WG602. I have an IBM R51 thinkpad and am using its built-in wireless. The Thinkpad connects fine at home on my Netgear WGT624. But at my office on the 602, though it sees the router and reports a strong signal, I get the "limited or no connectivity" error and IPCONFIG can't renew the IP.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 04:30 PM
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I am having exactly the same problem with my Netgear WG602. I have an IBM R51 thinkpad and am using its built-in wireless. The Thinkpad connects fine at home on my Netgear WGT624. But at my office on the 602, though it sees the router and reports a strong signal, I get the "limited or no connectivity" error and IPCONFIG can't renew the IP.
See your network administrator at the office, you probably have the WEP key entered incorrectly.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 03:28 PM
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I AM my network administrator. The problem is, my network administrator is an ignoramous. Where do I find my WEP key? I thought I had entered the correct key when I was prompted and entered it without getting an error message.
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