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    • Wee Bargain Hunter
    • By Wee Bargain Hunter 10th Sep 17, 7:11 PM
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    Laptop won't connect, lost ip address
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    • 10th Sep 17, 7:11 PM
    Laptop won't connect, lost ip address 10th Sep 17 at 7:11 PM
    My laptop won't connect to the internet via our home wifi but phones and tablets can still connect. I've narrowed down the problem to my laptop somehow losing its ip address. I'm not sure what I'm doing but I've opened a command prompt window to try a few suggestions here:
    but they are not working like they should.

    Is there anything else I could try first? I'm not sure if there has been any recent windows updates that might have caused this problem. Thanks
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 10th Sep 17, 7:40 PM
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    Turn off the other device that stole the IP.

    Turn off all devices and reset the router and make sure the laptop is the first to connect.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 10th Sep 17, 10:22 PM
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    ^^ Give that a go.

    I've very occasionally had problems where (for unknown reasons) a device repeatedly fails to get an IP address via the router's DHCP even though all the settings are correct.

    So if you repeatedly have problems, try reserving a fixed IP address for the laptop in the router's settings.
    • Frozen_up_north
    • By Frozen_up_north 11th Sep 17, 9:01 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 9:01 AM
    A friend lost WiFi connectivity on her Acer laptop a couple of weeks ago, fairly new laptop with Windows 10. It was a recent Microsoft Windows update that fouled up the WiFi/Bluetooth adapter. You might look at that as a source of the problem.
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