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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

I'm having problems getting my wireless connection to work again.

It used to work fine (assuming I stopped the Wireless Zero Service once I'd connected). It seems to have stopped working since I connected to a wireless network in a hotel lobby I was in a week or so ago.

My router dynamically assigns an IP address in the 10.0.0.* range with default gateway 10.0.0.2 and subnet mask 255.0.0.0. However, when I do an ipconfig /all my wireless connection has a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0, DHCP enabled, Autoconfiguration Enabled and an Autoconfiguration IP Address of 169.xxx.xxx.xxx.

The wireless network is detected and all seems fine but obviously I can't ping my router or do anything basically.

I have tried:
- assigning a static IP address, DNS server and default gateway but it doesn't work
- doing an ipconfig /release * and ipconfig /renew *. Doesn't make any difference
- unistalling the network card and reinstalling it. Doesn't make any difference

If I search the registry for the 169.* then I find a bunch of entries.

Anyone got any ideas what's wrong or how I go about getting the wireless adaptor to forget about the 169.* network?

Thanks!
Marcus
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

Are you able to configure the router wirelessly? or do you have to connect your machine directly to it?
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

No - I have to connect via ethernet in order to configure the router. Wirelessly I cannot even ping the router at all....
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

Is your router assigning your IP addres or have you configured it?
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

It's set to auto assign an IP address - this has worked previously. My other computer (which is connected via ethernet to the router) gets assigned an IP fine. If I plug my laptop in via ethernet that gets an IP address assigned but nothing with wireless...

MW
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

the 169.* address is what windows defaults to if it can get a dhcp address, try givinig if a high static ip address eg 10.0.0.100 and subnet mask of 255 dont forget to add dns servers.
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Wireless connecting but can't ping my router

The fact your PC is not getting an IP from the router, also means the router doesn't see the PC.

How far apart is the router and the computer?