Wireless help

By trithumb
Nov 9, 2007
  1. ok we have 4 desktops in the house... 3 xp home editions with sp2 and my computer with vista.... ok... we have a linksys router and 3 wireless computers.... my sisters and my computer connect fine... buut my dads in the basement that was fine is now saying associating with access point but cant find internet... its a wep connection and it seems that it wont acquire a ip address... any suggestions?
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    You Need to plan out the design and function your network...
    Note: DHCP IPs, MAC addresses, workgroup names, network name and SSID name are just examples here. Your setup my vary.

    to (WAN)
    router (linksys) - give your name network a name (frednet) example
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AA


    desktop1 - XP home - workgroup name (frednet) DHCP IP:
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AB

    desktop2 - xp home - workgroup name (frednet) DHCP IP:
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AC

    desktop3 - xp home - workgroup name (frednet) DHCP IP:
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AD

    desktop4 - vista - workgroup name (frednet) DHCP IP:
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AE

    looks like you have acccess point
    did you give it a static IP not DHCP IP
    static IP manual you type it in..

    range should be higher than you DHCP IP assigned by the router to 4 desktops.

    example; - router default gateway

    access point - assigned static ip:
    mac address: 00:00:00:00:AZ
    SSID: name should be it can be called (frednet)
    assign password for your access point to login into it
    setup encryption:

    WEP 128- 13-Chac
    should be a mix of CAP-case and lower case letters and numbers.
    on wireless device each need to be assigned access

    there should be a mac filter in the access point
    here you add all the desktop mac address too.

    Now once all is setup turn off each system.

    Now with each system turn one on and test
    connection to the router
    connection to the access point
    connection to the internet

    Next turn on another PC and then
    do the same above
    then create a shared folder
    and test that out against the other PC
    if all works then continue with then next pc and etc...
  3. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    In case of Static IP:

    Go to:
    Control Panel
    Network Connections
    The Wireless Device
    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
    Select "Use the following" for both boxes and type in manually the IPs that are nt currently in use.

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +989

    a better approach is to get the MAC address of the AP;
    then go to the Router config and use Mac Filtering to force the
    AP Mac to a specific IP address.

    In this way, if the AP is powered off for any reason, the router still
    reserve that address for it. Any wired system will NEVER be assigned the
    AP address :)
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