Vista Wireless Problem
I just got a new Dell notebook with Windows Vista Ultimate edition. It has
both a wired and a wireless network connection.
First, I connected to my office LAN using a wired connection. I booted up
and was able to get on the internet with no problem. I didn't have to make
any configuration changes.
Next, I disconnected the wired connection and rebooted to see if I could get
on the internet through our wireless router (SonicWall TZ 170). This router
is not secured but it does have a MAC filter enabled. Before attempting to
connect, I added the MAC address of my new notebook to the MAC filter.
Vista detected my wireless network. I clicked to connect and got a warning
telling me that the network is unsecured. I chose to connect anyway. Next,
I got a message saying that the computer is connected to my wireless network
but does not have access to the internet.
The network and sharing center shows the following information:
Unidentified network (public network)
Access : Limited connectivity
Connection : Wireless Network Connection (Lumier)
Signal strength: Excellent
After a while, I eventually get a message claiming that another computer on
the network has the same IP address as this computer. If I look at network
connection details, it shows that DHCP is enabled, my autoconfig IPv4 subnet
is 255.255.0.0, and my autoconfig IPv4 address is 169.254.198.213. I don't
know where this is coming from because my DCHP server is supposed to give out
addresses in the range 192.168.2.x.
I have two other PC's running Windows XP. From these, I am able to get on
the internet through this wireless router with no problem.
If anyone has an idea what might be causing my problem, I would really
Thanks in advance,