Hanging on Acquiring Network Address

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Ken, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Been having loads of dropped connections these past few days. On both PC's
    it says 'Signal Strength' excellent and Status as connected but can't easily
    get by the Acquiring Network Address stage despite repetitively unplugging
    and replugging router.
    Two PCs on XP Pro and Belkin router.
    Any ideas?

    Ken, Aug 13, 2006
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  2. Ken

    ato_zee Guest

    DHCP flakey, try static addresses.
    When it is connected start from Accessories -> Command Prompt
    and enter command ipconfig /all
    Use the result to set up the static addresses.
    Let Windows Manage My Connection, the Zero Config mode,
    can be a source of these problems.
    To set static addresses you just untick the "Let Windows
    manage my connection" check box. You can go back to
    Zero Config at any time by re-ticking it.

    Your networks adapter signal strength and signal quality
    figures may be a better guide than "Signal Strength" excellent.
    You can have 5% signal strength and 15% signal quality and
    Zero Config still reports excellent, but won't give a stable connect.
    ato_zee, Aug 13, 2006
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  3. Ken

    GA Guest

    I'm having trouble with my Belkin 7632 router on wireless. ADSL speed
    tests show around 100k when on wireless but if I plug my laptop into
    an ethernet port I get around 970k (I'm on 1Meg). The wireless
    connection is usually reported at 54mbps.

    The laptop also won't pick up an IP until I right click the systray
    icon and do a repair and then it's fine.

    I have a wireless phone system in the house and also a video sender so
    I put it down to interference.
    GA, Aug 13, 2006
  4. Ken

    Gaz Guest

    Belkin routers have a generic solution. Find your receipt and take it back
    for a replacement, which give it a three to nine months will also fail.

    Gaz, Aug 13, 2006
  5. Ken

    Clint Sharp Guest

    Using WPA? Try resetting the key, copy and paste from the router whilst
    connected with a patch cable, also make sure it's *your* router you're
    connecting to, change the SSID on your router to something specific to
    yourself if it's still on the default one.
    Clint Sharp, Aug 13, 2006
  6. Ken

    simon Guest

    I get the same sometimes and have so far had two DLINK and one NETGEAR
    router. So it looks like a major fault/feature of Windows XP. I also get
    the one were the wireless icon has a big cross through it and I can see the
    name of the connection but no signal strength. Switching the router off and
    on again seems to wake Windows XP up and it registers. Definitely Windows
    XP and something to do with the "cache". If I right clicked on the icon and
    selected REPAIR it always would, but I have started using the manufacturers
    wireless card program and it appears worse!
    simon, Aug 13, 2006
  7. Ken

    ato_zee Guest

    I suspect that DHCP to aquire network addresses is a one attempt operation,
    if it fails to get a response in time it just sits there in an unconected state
    until you do a repair, or a reboot.
    Putting in static addresses seems to eliminate the need
    for DHCP and a lot of problems clear up.
    The only problem might arise is with mobile laptops where you need
    DHCP to connect to public hotspots, but for this you can reenable
    Zero Config. For the home network you don't really need DHCP and
    keep leasing/renewing addresses, it's a static environment.
    ato_zee, Aug 13, 2006
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