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Well, uh...this is...kindof embarrassing, I guess.. *heh* *weak smile*


So, last night (and didn't I predict this?), my laptop stopped connecting to the wireless router.

Actually, more correctly - it was CONNECTING, and it said "Connected" to my home WiFi, but it said "No access". The Network control panel showed that I could get to the wireless router, but nothing was loading.

I couldn't even open the wifi router's admin page.

Went upstairs to the wired computer, and looked at the wifi router's logs and admin pages.

There, on the list of DHCP clients, was my laptop. So...duh?! Why can't it use the internet!?

Oh - wait - it still has the OFFICE NETWORK'S IP ADDRESS!
Home subnet = 192.168.2.n
Work subnet = 172.25.2.n

So it went about its business, happily thinking it had a network IP, blah blah - but it found itself alone in the wilderness, with nary a wireless router.


The NEW solution is - if you take a laptop between two or more networks, and it is having trouble connecting, try opening a command prompt and typing:
ipconfig /release

and then turning your wireless switch off and on, or disable/re-enabling it in the control panel. That should cause it to wake up and find a new home on the available network.

Sheesh! Well, at least it feels like this time I've got it figured out. Again, hope this helps someone else.
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