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Wireless Networking and WiFi

Why does my wireless adapter connect to the network but not the Internet when the modem works when directly connected to the computer?

Answer

Wiki User
06/05/2009

I have a similar problem with my new laptop. In my case, I believe that it may be because I might have accidentally disabled DHCP or DNS on its wireless adapter while adding a wireless router to my local area network.

I can see all my PCs from any other in my LAN, and connect to the internet with all of them, including my laptop. But after I turn off my wireless router, I can no longer use my laptop to get to the internet through any free wi-fi hotspots the way I did even a few minutes earlier.

I am, of course, trying to resolve this problem. Stay tuned and I'll keep you informed.

Follow up:

I found excellent advice at: http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/IT/Wifi.aspx It turned out that I should not have specified a particular gateway in the settings of my wireless network card as I have enabled it for getting DHCP automatically.