November 9, 2012 5:18 PM Subscribe
I can connect with my WiFi but not get on the internet. How can I figure out what is going wrong?
posted by Obscure Reference to computers & internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, when my DSL got washed away with the flood, I tried to connect my Windows 7 desktop computer wirelessly to an alternate internet connection (Verizon MiFi). I had done this successfully in the past (or so I seem to remember) but now I can't seem to make it work. It tells me I have a good signal, but that I'm not on the internet. I have been trying to figure out what this means and how to fix it.
First of all, the MiFi works fine (I'm using it right now with a laptop to post this.) In addition, the USB WiFi adapter works fine (I've used it on this same laptop and got an internet connection.)
I've determined that "can't connect to the internet" means that DHCP has not assigned an IP address. I figured this out by configuring the machine to have a static IP within range and the WiFi managing software then believed I was now on the internet. I wasn't.
Googling suggested I might have a virus (I suppose it's possible but Security Essentials doesn't report one) or that I should "reset my winsock" by the command "netsh winsock reset" (didn't help).
Now I'm out of ideas. I'm hoping you have some.