Linksys Adapter keeps losing IP address

  mgmcc 13:26 15 Jan 2006

At the moment your wireless adapter is being allocated its IP address by the router. There can be problems such as you are experiencing if, for some reason, the adapter loses its IP address, the router is unaware that this has happened and it isn't automatically renewed. Giving the adapter a fixed IP address can often solve the problem.

If you open the Network Connections folder, highlight the "Wireless Network Connection" and look at the bottom of the blue pane on the left, you will see the adapter's IP address. It will almost certainly start with 192.168 and there will be two numbers after that, make a note of them.

Right click the Wireless Network Connection and select Properties. In the box that opens, select "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click the Properties button. In the next again box, click "Use the following IP address" and enter:

IP address - 192.168.x.x (the number you noted earlier)

Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway - 192.168.x.1 (this is the router's IP address and will almost certainly have "1" for its last number, but the same third number as you noted for the adapter)

Preferred DNS Server - {the router's IP address again}

Try that and if you get stuck, or don't understand it, ask again.

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