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DHCP not assigning address on 2nd comp.

By nomasgoliath ·
I am trying to connect with a second XP computer to a home network. I am using an airlink wireless router and it works fine on the main computer but the second computer seems to always get an IP address of 169.254.x.x, which is incorrect. I realize that it is also the default configuration when server cant be reached. Any help?

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by BFilmFan In reply to DHCP not assigning addres ...

There is an interactive DHCP troubleshooting section for XP here:

http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharing/troubleshoot/

The first step is to see if the Windows Firewall is on. If it is, turn it off.

Verify that the network card is configured to set the IP address by DHCP.

Check the NIC is showing activity. This is usually indicated by lights on the card or adjacent to it.

Check the cables.

Check that the DHCP server is actually operating by releasing and renewing the IP address on the functioning system.

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by nomasgoliath In reply to

Thanks for your help. All of these steps in this case were already taken, but the address you gave me is one that I will save. Thanks again.

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by ManISKid In reply to DHCP not assigning addres ...

If you only have two computers why not set static ip's?, at least for the second computer. This is a simple procedure and reduces the adminstrative overhead.

When trying to connect cables and wireless, I typically use the repetitive ping function, and then try the cables/connections such as:
"ping 192.168.0.1 -t"
which will repeat forever.

Also check that the default gateway is set.

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by nomasgoliath In reply to

The most helpful answer in this case. Thank you very much. This is the first home net I have done in which I have had a problem with DHCP, so my mind skipped the obvious and most useful answer.

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by DouglasB In reply to DHCP not assigning addres ...

Make sure that one of your cables is NOT plugged into the WAN connection of the router. Both computers should be plugged into non-WAN ports. If one is plugged into the WAN port the internal firewall of the router will deny access.

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by nomasgoliath In reply to

Thank you. Not helpful in this case, but I have seen far too often the obvious overlooked.

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by rickyricky In reply to DHCP not assigning addres ...

Did you configure the router with a shared key or phrase? You may have to check your second PC's wireless capability or configuration.

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by nomasgoliath In reply to

Thank you. A little too general for most, probably, but in this case already done. Everything seemed ok in all areas of configurability.

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by nomasgoliath In reply to DHCP not assigning addres ...

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