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Windows 7: "Invalid IP Configuration" on most wireless networks.

18 Oct 2012   #1
thetirvine

Windows 7 Pro 64bit 6.1 Build 7600
 
 
"Invalid IP Configuration" on most wireless networks.

Preface: I'm about intermediate tech-skill-level. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and maybe reply to this. Thank you.

Problem:
My work laptop will only connect to the wireless connection at work (when it does this it has a 172.xxx IP) but it will not connect to other wireless networks (when it tries, it has a weird 169.xxx IP). I get the error "Invalid IP Configuration."

Story:
I got a refurb Gateway NV53 laptop for work (wireless card is an Atheros AR5B93).
It didn't connect to any networks: work, home or coffeeshop.
I took it to the IT guy. He scratched his head and couldn't figure it out - then he gave my account admin rights and it connected to our work network. I took it home - same problem as when it had no admin rights.

I fiddled with IP settings for the last two hours. I tried various configurations of no IPV6, static IPs, and making sure my security settings were all correct. It's secured WPA2 (on the router it's WPA2 or WPA, automatic, but I tried both just WPA and just WPA2 on my laptop, no configuration works).

At the end of it all, what I learned is that if I set it to auto IP settings, my subnet mask and DNS server don't fill properly (my router is 255.255.254.0, and auto sets my laptop's to 255.255.0.0) and it gives me the weird 169.xxx IP address. If I set everything static and myself, matching up DNS and gateway and subnet and giving it any IP (I tried 192.168.0.109, 106, 2, and 192.168.2.1) it still will not connect correctly.

I've tried renewing/releasing the DHCP on the router itself, as well as running ipconfig commands.

I am pulling my hair out. (Especially because I wrote all this twice now, as I accidentally hit back in the browser…)

You can see the screenshots below from when I was tweaking the IP myself and when it is set to auto. There is one screenshot where it read 192.168.9.x, I know - I adjusted it to .0.x, that's just a typo. Another screenshot or 2 read 255.255.255.0 but that's another typo, I had them set to 255.255.254.0 when doing static. In my haste and frustration, I pounded the keys a bit without thinking, at times…

So, that tells you the story.

Thank you so much for being willing to help!

Screenshots:
(sorry for external links, G+ wouldn't work with the embed IMG code.

Auto IP Config (GUI)
http://plus.google.com/photos/101342...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Auto IP Config (cmd)
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Static IP Config (GUI)
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Static IP Config (cmd)
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Changing DNS Subnet warning
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

DNS Advanced Settings Issue?
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Router Active Sessions 192.x.x.x
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Router Active Sessions 169.x.x.x
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

Router Info
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA


Router settings:
IP Address*:
24.7.152.251
Subnet Mask*:
255.255.254.0
Default Gateway*:
24.7.152.1
DNS*:
75.75.75.75
75.75.76.76


Lastly, the original CNET thread I made before realizing I needed the expertise of the sevenforums crowd!
How resolve "Invalid IP Address" and "No Internet Access" - CNET Wireless Internet Forums


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18 Oct 2012   #2
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The problem looks like ypu don't have dhcp setup correctly or at all on your router.

To test with static use this configuration
ip address 192.168.0.2 (assuming nothing else is using IT)
subnet mask 255.255.255.0
Default gateway 192.168.0.1
Dns 1: 8.8.8.8
Dns 2 : 8.8.4.4

I will check back tomorrow morning and be able to view the pictures better.

Update:
When you are back on your work network you need to make sure your settings where the same as before. When this is all fixed you will be able to go back and forth between work and home without any problems with an alternate configuration setup.

Also if you get a chance please post a screenshot of the dhcp page on your router.
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19 Oct 2012   #3
thetirvine

Windows 7 Pro 64bit 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Okay - I will try that today when I can.

However - shouldn't the subnet mask match the one on my router: 255.255.254.0 (not all 255)?

Secondly, if it then fails to connect, do you know the process for changing DHCP settings on a DLink DIR-600L router?

Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.
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19 Oct 2012   #4
thetirvine

Windows 7 Pro 64bit 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

HA HA HA HAAAAA!!!! SUCCESS

You, sir, are a golden god!

Here you can see on my router:
Screenshot:
router info re: DHCP
https://plus.google.com/photos/10134...CPTov9XH0YvXDA

DHCP client for LAN is on.
DHCP is enabled for Wireless.

So it seems the numbers I was entering wrong were the DNS options (I had tried the 8.8.8.8 8.8.4.4 configuration once with no luck) but really the Default Gateway was way different.

Can you explain why?

Thank you so much, you really helped untie the knot in my stomach.

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19 Oct 2012   #5
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That is your WAN subnet "255.255.254.0 given to you by your ISP. For you PC you need a LAN subnet.

255.255.254.0 is a subnetted network. They do this so you can get your IP address and be on a different subnet as someone else.

Something that a lot of people get messed up is the fact that you have 2 IP addresses. Your external IP address and your internal address. External = 24.7.152.251 - Internal = 192.168.0.X The only device that is concerned with your external address is your router, and each device inside your local network will have there own Internal IP address.

Your default gateway is going to be pointing to your router. You need to do this because 192.168.0.0 - 192.168.255.255 address range is a non route able address. Your router uses a technology called network address translation (NAT).

NAT takes the packets destined for the internet and substitutes a registered address for the computers private address.

Your lan should be running the defualt class C network of 255.255.255.0.

8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 are googles public dns server. I had you try them just to make sure your ISP dns was working correctly.

I have never setup a DLINK DHCP but if you provide screen shots of the page or pages I can walk you through setting it up.

If i helped dont forget to rep me.
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19 Oct 2012   #6
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What you're showin on the picture is your Internet DHCP. (How you get your external IP address for your ISP) We need to setup up an internal DHCP. if you can provide pictures of the whole interface i can help you more.

Setup DHCP:
I'm doing this off a different version Dlink so let me know if something is different.
1. In the web browser, on the left side choose LAN Setup.
2. Back to the middle of the browser check the following settings. (if i dont specify something just leave it blank.)
-IP Address = 192.168.0.1
-Subnet Mask = 255.255.255.0
-Enable DNS Relay = Checkmark


DHCP Server Settings
1. Enable DHCP server = Checkmark
2. DHCP IP Address Range = 10 - 100 (this can really be any number between 2 - 254 i choose 10 - 20 because that 10 clients that can connect at the same time. Just remember that any IP address that are set staticly can not be in the DHCP RANGE.)

3. Always broadcast = Checkmark
4. Click Save settings on top or bottom.

5. Test it out by placing your laptop back on auto configuration.


Now I need to know how you access the internet through work. Do you have a static IP address or an automaticly assinged address?
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19 Oct 2012   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Maybe this picture from my D-link router will help.

Looks to me like the incorrect static IP settings were being used here. The Op was getting his settings from the WAN page then applying them to the LAN settings.

I would think that the standard DHCP settings would work.

Nice work Parman carry on.


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19 Oct 2012   #8
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks chev65
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19 Oct 2012   #9
thetirvine

Windows 7 Pro 64bit 6.1 Build 7600
 
 

Bahaha.

Took it to work.

Set everything back to auto config.

Wouldn't connect.

Asked IT guy for static IP settings for our office network, in case my laptop just can't do auto IP...
Legally he can't tell me.
He recommends using a wireless USB card.
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19 Oct 2012   #10
Parman

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You will have to remove you static entry's for DHCP to work at work. Once you get DHCP setup on your router at home you will be able to leave it as auto assign and be able to connection to both of them without any addition configuration settings.
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