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

Discussion in 'Windows XP Networking' started by Ant, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. Ant

    Ant Guest

    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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    Ant, Mar 2, 2007
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