neighbor has offered me a guest account on his wifi connection. He bought a linksys router, I think it's a t1200. Problem is when he powers down his main computer I am unable to connect to the net. Ping to the DHCP server is ok. Packetsto DNS servers go out but do not return on dns lookup. The account is set up for 5 guest accounts with password (which he has given me) and is unencrypted. ipconfig /all reports an assigned 192.168.xxx.xxx and to me and lease is ok and an assigned gateway IP, but no replies to dns lookups. The router is on a separate power connection, but when he leaves and powers off his computer, I can no longer connect-or so it seems. Neither of us has a clue as to what is causing the problem. Ping to dns servers, regardless if from ISP or public fail. Tried two different laptops both connecting fine until he left and turned off his box. When I told him about the problem on his return he powered back on and suddenly I can connect again. My signal strength on both laptops I tried is good. He is running win7 and I am running either 98se or XP. He knows less than I do about this. I have not tried to access the router page as I do not have admin privileges and have wanted to check here first before asking neighbor to do anything with router settings. Any help appreciated.
10 years ago