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    aquiring network address

    Trying to help a friend who is BLIND but with various RNIB software on an XP pro all up to date manages remarkably well. We changed ISP 3 months ago. the set up with hardware provided by the ISP (BTinternet) is a wireless modem/router connected at phone socket in hallway, the main and only computer in another room connects to router and therefore internet with a supplied usb wireless adaptor. I set it up and it has been working OK until last week. It appeared that the usb adaptor was faulty (tried it on another computer at my home) so I went and bought a new one and after installing the new drivers etc via supplied cd for usb adaptor everything works fine again. BUT, when he restarts his computer after an overnight shutdown or any length of time short or long, when the computer starts the icon in the system tray has the cross through it and the message aquiring network address - which goes on forever. Its easy enough to right click and select repair from the disable/status/repair option (but not if you're blind of course!) and it then does its thing and connects. This doesn't happen every time after a shut down. Sometimes it connects on its own and others it cant aquire the address. Is there a setting I'm missing on this? the one only from my google searches is about dhcp set to automatic and that is set to auto anyway. Its a nusance having to make a 25 mile round trip to get him online again by just clicing the repair option.

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    Re: aquiring network address

    Try changing the transmit channel on the wireless router, as it may be conflicting with someone else's.
    About a couple of months ago we suddenly started getting problems where our desktop PC took 20-30 minutes to connect to our wireless network (the laptop didn't have a problem).
    The problem seemed to be that the desktop was trying to connect to a neighbour's wi-fi, and wasn't immediately recognising ours.
    We changed the wi-fi channel from 13 to 1 and we've not had a problem since.
    It's worth a go, and you should be able to test it works straight away.

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    Re: aquiring network address

    Thanks for the nudge. I hadn't thought of that one. Meanwhile he has been ok and it's been behaving until last night when it wouldnt connect again, I had another tip from elsewhere to change the WPA password on router and usb connection and that works at the moment so <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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