I've got a Dell Studio laptop running Windows 7 that I'm trying to get onto a wireless network with a Quest DSL ("Actiontec") modem. I can see and "connect" to the network fine, but in the Network and Sharing Center, it's stuck "Identifying" the network, so I can't get online.
My NIC is a Dell wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-card, showing no errors in device manager.
My IPv4 is set to obtain IP address and DNS server address automatically.
My TCP/IPv6 is set to obtain IPv6 address and DNS server address automatically.
When I run an ipconfig /all, my:
IPv6 address is fe80::c8a5:4afb:22b7 165%16
IPv4 address is 169.254.209.101
Default gateway is blank
DNS suffix is blank
The modem does NOT have MAC address filtering on.
The modem has all green lights and CAN access the internet with another desktop, which is how I'm posting this.
"Control Panel >> Network and Sharing Center >> Change adapter settings
Right click on the wireless network card and choose Properties. "
At this point, the only tabs I have are "Networking" and "Sharing". I can't find "preferred networks" under either one.
If I go to: Control Panel >> Network and Sharing Center >> Manage wireless Networks, I can highlight and remove the network. Tried doing that and reconnecting with no luck. Still just stays at "Identifying..." with a busy cursor.
The laptop worked fine at my home network, just started having trouble at this one (I'm at a relative's place).
Ran the winsock fix with no luck, although I think it added access to my ethernet connection, which might work now. Still need to try that.
Disabled IPv6 - no change.
Tried 127.0.0.1 - "webpage not available"
I'm going to be heading back home today, so it's going to be a moot point soon. Hopefully all my mucking around won't have screwed up my home connection. I'll be trying that later today and will report back.
Back home now and still no luck. So now I know it's a setting on my laptop and not a problem with the network or the router. The router here is a Linksys WRT54GL. It was actually working here a few days ago before I left, and now all my monkeying around has screwed it up The one thing I remember changing at my folks place (upon instruction from Qwest support) was to set IPv4 or IPv6 (I don't remember which) to get address automatically, where previously it had an assigned address. This does nothing to explain why it wouldn't work at my folks place, but it might explain why it worked here before and now does not. Any idea where on the router setup I could find what addresses to try?