Cannot acquire network address/ip

  rushbearing 22:44 29 Aug 2008

Hi all

I have used my F5D7630-4A belkin router wirelessly with a usb dongle for the past few months.
The connection is fine but then without warning drops completely for 10 minutes every few hours. The router is still fully connected yet I cannot reconnect for 10 minutes.

Anyway, I recently attempted to setup my Wii to the wireless connection without success. It seems my fiddling has left my laptop with practically no connection.

On booting I get the 'Limited or no connectivity' message, I can still connect; strong signal 54mbps but it cannot acquire a network address.

On top of this I can no longer access the router through my browser (

I considered posting this in the beginner section due to my dumbness but here seems more suited.

Many thanks.

  rushbearing 22:47 29 Aug 2008

I just checked the Default Gateway address in IPconfig and it is blank.

Any ideas?

  L8-tian 00:14 30 Aug 2008

As i understand your concern is there is intermediate disconnection to the internet wirelessly.
Step1:opened the router page and change the channel and try to connect to your network.

Step2:If above step does not work, check for the software of the router. upgrade it to the latest one and try to connect to your network.

Step3:if above 2 steps does not work, uninstall and reinstall the driver for usb dongle and try to connect to your network.

Step4:if above steps does not work, try to update the driver for the adapter and connect to your network.

  rushbearing 00:44 30 Aug 2008


I cannot access the router page anymore 'Connection has timed out', which is a bit worrying.

On the Wireless Network Connection is says;

Speed: 54.0Mbps
Signal strength: Excellent
Status: <changes between> Limited or no connectivity <and> Acquiring Network address

Reinstalling drivers seems to have made no difference.

  brundle 11:54 30 Aug 2008

Connect to the router with a cable, access the configuration, change the wireless channel to 1,6 or 11, change your passphrase. Save your changes, disconnect the cable, delete the wireless network profile from your PC and try the connection again.

  rushbearing 16:04 30 Aug 2008

How can I access it through the cable?

I don't understand how I can access the internet perfectly fine yet do not have an IP/network address.

I changed the channel from 11 to 1 when I was initially fiddling (when I could access the router config).

Will I have to reset the router completely to factory settings?

  brundle 17:13 30 Aug 2008

"On booting I get the 'Limited or no connectivity' message, I can still connect; strong signal 54mbps but it cannot acquire a network address." This sentence is unclear - you mean you can connect to the router, or you can connect to the internet, or both, or neither?

There's a distinction between being able to connect to the router and being able to connect to the internet via the router. You first post suggests you can't access the internet for short periods. Just because you see a strong signal doesn't mean you are actually "connected" to the router, your wireless adapter is just picking up the SSID broadcasts. Technically you can't access the internet with no IP address - are you absolutely sure you're looking at the properties for the correct network adapter.

How can I access it through the cable?

Plug a patch cable between PC & router? Disable wireless hardware. See if you get an IP address on the cable connection.

  rushbearing 22:39 30 Aug 2008

I seem to have solved it.

I just set up a new profile on the wireless lan utility and disabled the WEP. It then connected instantly.

Then I could get to the router config and change it back.

"are you absolutely sure you're looking at the properties for the correct network adapter?"

It all started when I changed the channel from 11 to 1.

  rushbearing 22:52 30 Aug 2008

Sorry if my first post is confusing.

I have 2 problems;

1) My connection drops randomly for 10 minutes.

2) After fiddling with my wireless settings to connect my wii, i lost connection and got the 'cannot acquire network address' yet i could still access the internet (slow speed)

  ambra4 23:54 30 Aug 2008

It is strongly recommended by All router suppliers that you use a physically connected cable
to the Router via a Ethernet RJ45 cable for router setup.

Using a wireless connected computer for set up is NOT recommended to access router setup at any time.

“How can I access it through the cable?”

Connect a RJ45 Ethernet cable from Port 1 on the Router to the LAN socket on your Computer

Start IE web browser. Select-Tools-Internet Options-Connection Tab

In the “Connection” screen, there are three selections:

“Never dial a connection”,

“Dial whenever a network connection is not present”

“Always dial my default connection”.

If you can make a selection, select “Never dial a connection”.

If you cannot make a selection, select “LAN Settings”

Untick marks next to any of the displayed Options:

“Automatically detect settings”,

“Use automatic configuration script”

“Use a proxy server”.

Click “OK”. Then click “OK” again in the “Internet Options” page.

Network Adapter Setup on all Computers

Also called a LAN card (Local Area Network) or NIC card (Network Interface Connection)

Click-Start-Settings-Network Connection

Double-click on the “Network Connection”

Left-click on the “Local Area Connection” associated with your network adapter

Select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

In the “Local Area Connection Properties” window all boxes should be ticked

At bottom of display tick the box “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected

A display Icon will appear in the task bar when you have finish the setup

Click-Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Click the “Properties” button

Select “Obtain an IP address automatically

Select “Obtain DNS server address automatically”

Click- Advanced-Click-WINS Tab-Tick-Enable LMHOSTS Lookup if untick

Do Not Change Any Other Setting

Click “OK”.

Your computer network card is now configured for use with the Modem/Router

Other Lan Card Setting

Right click on Local Area Connection Display Icon on task bar

Click Status-General-Properties

At the top of display the type of Lan card will be displayed

Click Configure-Click-Advanced Tab

Click-Power Management Tab

Untick if selected "Allow Computer to turn this device off to save power

Network Connection Setting

Click-Start- Setting-Network Connection-New Connection Wizard

Select-Connect to the Internet-Next

Select-Set Up My Connection Manually-Next

Select-Connect using a broadband connection that is always on


The 2 displays Icon should be in the task bar-Right Click-Status-Support

What you should see is the following:

Address Type: Assigned by DHCP

IP Address 192.186.1.XXX which is the Computer IP Address

Subnet Mask

Default Gateway 192.168.X.X which is the router IP Address

If you click the Detail button you will see a lot more information the WINS Server is always blank

You should now be able to browse the Internet via the Lan card on the computer

Once you have Internet access check that the wireless network is set up correct

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