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Unable to get an office notebook's wireless network to access theInternet on a home network.

 
 
Ant
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      2nd Mar 2007
Hello,

I am having problems getting a new office Dell Inspirion laptop/notebook
to work with the Internet on my tiny home network. It appears that the
IT department preinstalled softwares and settings (some software
settings can't be changed due to group policy (e.g., can't change XP's
firewall settings and can't run LiveUpdate on Symantec AntiVirus) -- not
surprised).

I got its wireless network card to see my wireless access point (Linksys
WAP v1.1 with WEP [yes, I know it is weak -- but that's all it has for
security/encryption]) in its Windows XP Pro. SP2 (don't know if it has
all updates). I was able to access other computers via their IP
addresses (pings, Debian/Linux's Samba file sharing, telnet, and IE 6.0
SP2 with router's Web administration) on the home network (also an old
Netgear RT311 connected to a Netgear DS108 hub). It appears to be a DNS
issue because I can connect to Internet Web sites with their IP
addresses, but not domain names like google.com, yahoo.com, etc. I even
tried forcing IP addresses (no DHCP) for the wireless network card,
gateway (192.168.0.1), DNS (192.168.0.1 since router has two DNS
addresses), etc. No help/changes there either.

Other computers, that use wireless, are fine with the Internet so it is
just this laptop/notebook not connecting correctly to the Internet (DNS
probably).

Here is the detailed ipconfig /all (changed some values to remain more
anonymous) with the default settings for the wireless network when it is
connected to my home network:

Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : SomeHostName
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : somecompany.org
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : somecompany.org
somewhere.anisp.com
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100
Integrated Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-B9-53-CB-B4

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : somewhere.anisp.com
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless
3945ABG Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-D2-48-AC-E7
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.3
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 208.67.222.222
209.244.0.4
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, March 01, 2007
10:33:31 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, March 04, 2007
10:33:31 PM


Did I miss something? I am not a network expert, but I do have basic
understandings of network (IPv4 only). Maybe it is something that IT
department restricted? Somecompany.org seems incorrect and I can't find
where this is stored even if I force wireless network to my IP addresses
(192.168.0.1). I did notice Windows XP's log in has a list of different
networks to connect to (e.g., connect to company's network if the
notebook/laptop is at work; use (computer) outside of company's network).

Thank you in advance.
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