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Unidentified network. Packets set but none received. No internet access.

By DariaMM
Jun 10, 2013
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  1. I'm hoping to get some help on this because I've spent hours and hours during the last 3 days trying to fix this problem on my own. No luck. Please!

    I'm trying to connect to a public wifi network at home on my laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad) and while it shows that the computer is connected to the network, it shows "unidentified network, no internet access" and I'm unable to go online. My housemate has a Mac laptop and it connects without any problems.

    When I go to "Wireless Network Connection Status", it shows that 231 packets have been sent but 0 received.

    Operating System is Windows 7, 64 bit.

    This is what I get from the ipconfig/all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Dasha-THINK
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-26-5E-EE-59-7C
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 11b/g/n Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Express Adapter II
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-26-5E-EE-59-7C
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::4498:ecbc:554a:a13e%11(Preferred)
    Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.161.62(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 318776926
    DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-12-D7-4F-5F-00-26-9E-BB-C8-B4
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-26-9E-BB-C8-B4
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    As you can the default gateway is blank.

    I run McAfee and I already tried disabling the firewall and then uninstalling McAfee thinking it's the cause of my problem, but nothing changed.

    When I try to ping 169.254.161.62, I get 0% lost and 4 packets sent and received.

    I hope someone will be kind enough to offer some ideas. Thanks.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    that's the problem - - not attached to your router.
    "Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed" is typically the reason.

    save the attached file to disk and rename by removing the .TXT suffix

    double click and allow the change.

    disconnect the ethernet cable, wait 30 seconds and then reattach it

    +30 seconds more and repeat the IPCONFIG /ALL

    you should see Note Type hybrid and a real IP address

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  3. DariaMM

    DariaMM TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, jobeard. But I'm not connected through the ethernet cable. It's a free public wifi, so I have no idea where the router is.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    Does not matter - - please proceed. Node Type Mixed is the problem
  5. TheHawk

    TheHawk TS Enthusiast Posts: 191   +7

    Hi Daria. To me, your problem is with the Virtual Miniport Adapter, which isn't a physical network adapter like you have in today's laptops. I had this issue with a laptop a few years back that was trying to connect with a virtual adapter. Is your regular wireless adapter enabled in Device Manager or maybe got turned off from a switch on the pc?. I would check that it is and also disable or uninstall the virtual wireless adapter which as I recall allows a pc to connect to multiple wireless networks simultaneously, but can also give connection problems since it works along with your physical wireless adapter.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    The symptom "Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.161.62(Preferred)"
    is a give-away that the DHCP request for an IP & DNS addresses is not being seen.

    Why? Node Type Mixed.


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