If you have a wireless access point, and you KNOW it works on other
computers, but you get a "local only" message from Vista, the built-in DHCP
router in your Wireless Access Point probably is NOT compatible with Vista...
Here is one solution that may work for SOME routers (but it does NOT work for
all of them!)
If this does not work, and you still get the "local only" message, but you
KNOW the access point works with XP wireless, etc., then MANUALLY SET the IP
address info. Unfortunately, if you have to manually set the IP info, you
will have to delete those settings with other wireless access points. And
let me say one more time, DO NOT waste your time with the Alternate IP
configuration, it doesn't work!
If your Gateway is on a different subnet (usually locations with large
numbers of wireless spots such as businesses, universities, etc.) then you
may have connection problems that FORCE you to manually configure your IP
settings on the adapter. This is a FIX for XP SP2 that doesn't look like it
made it into Vista, so, if you are experiencing this problem, LIKE ME, then
you have no choice but to manually configure the IP settings.
If you are having periodic connection problems (and you know they didn't
exist before), Vista has changed the Automitic IP Address discovery timing to
be almost instantaneous. So if you have an older wireless access point, or
one that has long broadcast / "handshake" times, then you may have trouble
because of this "improvement."
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931550/en-us (MS Does not provide a
solution, only info. Like the other options, you will likely have to
MANUALLY set up your IP info in the adapter, or purchase a new wireless
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929824/en-us (problems if you have the SAME
Gateway address as the one assigned to the computer you are trying to connect
to the Wireless spot).
To see your adapter info, use a command prompt window (Start > Run > type in
CMD) and then type:
Find your network adapter and write down the Gateway, DNS, IP Address, and
Also, go to the EVENT VIEWER and see if there are any messages related to
you trying to connect to your wireless adapter at the times you tried to
Regardless of the problem, if you KNOW the wireless spot works, and you had
little or no trouble on XP, try MANUALLY setting up the IP info for that
wireless access point.
I'm VERY disappointed at how many problems there are with the Vista wireless
networking. Especially when SO MANY of the early Vista users are exactly the
same customer base that USES WIRELESS!
Expert Zone & Vista Community Columnist
As you know, many (if not all) of us are experiencing problems getting
wireless networking to function properly with the new Vista operating
system. Hopefully one of your suggestions will provide us with a roadmap to
My Gateway is on a totally different subnet. I'm also in a working
environment, in a large corporation, with about 30 access points. NONE of
them are broadcasting SSID's (no problem there), and they are all using WEP
128. The Wireless access points are high-end Cisco's... Like I said though,
based on the messages I'm getting, and some of the testing I've done, it is
specifically related to not being able to determine the Gateway when it is on
a different subnet.
This is a FIX for XP SP2 that doesn't look like it made it into Vista.
On Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:11:20 -0800, Bill Wood
And when I'm home, my wireless network is fine. I don't have any trouble at
all with it. Probably my biggest aggravation is that the Alternate IP config
doesn't work, AT ALL... It wouldn't bother me having to use manual IP
settings if I didn't have to do it EVERY TIME I change from business to hotel
to home, or other places. What a royal PAIN!
I guess my frustration stems from the fact that I would have expected that
the networking piece would have been more "bulletproof" in Vista...
several of the people with me have the exact same computer running windows
xp and no problem.
i have a dell latitude d610 with intel 2200bg pro wireless card.
the diagnostics, etc. do not fix things.
i have a clear connection to the wireless network here at the hotel but have
been cutoff from the internet. it keeps saying i need a different firewall
setting but even when i disable the firewall setting, it tells me there is a
this is a _serious_ problem and i am UTTERLY perplexed why things that
worked in xp are changed like this?
if this isn't fixed very soon, i'm going back to windows xp. and i'm also
about to start giving in to my students repeated arguments that we should
switch to macs.
Best possible solution to this problem, would be consider of doing the
1. Make sure your Router's Settings is 100% Correct.
2. Try on a different Laptop or PC thats running on Vista, if that Wirless
Network + Internet Work, then its defintely your Wirless Adapters Problem,
becasue you know for a face that theirs nothing wrong with the ROUTER.
3. Consider purchasing a new adapter, doesnt have to be Wirless N, cheap
Wirless G will the do trick, if its suits you the best. ( Remember to buy it
from Retail Shop such as Dick Smith, as they can be refunded )
Please Do note: Never purchase Dlink products, as they are hopeless, Linksys
what i regard as the forfront of the Networking world.
Almost all the solutions Forums on The net DONT WORK for this Vista Wireless
Mines got fixed, after i discovered it was my adapter problem.
Hope it helps !!!!
Vista is a disgrace - there is no other word for it. I now have to figure
out how to get the little UX back to Windows XP despite it having a zillion
onboard devices that i will need to find drivers for. Absolute nightmare.
Microsoft - you deserve to be shot in the head and then left to rot in hell.
This forum is just a mass of posts about local only connections and no one
with any answers and idiot MSVPs just saying please find a new driver or
please reinstall Vista.
This system is very dissapointing. I am glad I have time to return my laptop
to the store. I am now going to go buy a Dell Laptop from the Dell store and
specifically purchase it with XP.
Although XP is harder to get now, it is worth finding.
Best Wishes and Regards
I show the adapter as being connected, excellent signal strength, I have no
3rd party firewall software installed. When I ping my gateway with a manual
IP assigned it replies with the local IP I picked saying "Destination host
unreachable" - certainly to me seems like it's a problem within Vista
someplace. I have had numerous XP wireless machine connected to this without
I'm even running Vista SP1
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Here's what worked for me. Using Dlink plug in usb wireless on new
Dell machine running windows home premium and a d-link router.
o Disable the broadcast DHCP using the registry edit fix in the ms
knowledge base http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us
o Disable TCP/IP V6
o Manually assign an IP number and DNS to the connection;
o Tell the router to manually assign same IP number to MAC address of
o Revert from 128 bit WEP to 64bit (I suspect this was not necessary)
o (AND!) flash the latest firmware on the router.
Elapsed time nearly 2 hours... (mostly figuring things to try!)
Sure is amazing one has to do this! Perhaps some of the steps are not
necessary but I am not going to fiddle to find out.
The right thing here is for MS to FIX this issue and TBH they should remove
the Vista stack and put the XP (WORKING!) one in in it's place....don't try
to fix (they dont seem to be anyway) something that is just plain broke.
One other thing I know of worth trying is to ensure that your Power
Management on your desktops/laptops ensure the Wireless (and USB if USB
Wirelss) adaptor is set to maximum performance and NEVER allow the machine to
switch it off to conserve power....that will help the dropouts but is not a
"GordonK" <Gor...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
Also with a lot of homes on Cable Modems they can't upgrade Firmware in the
way you suggest.
In my own case using the most predominant ISP in the UK (British telecom)
you have to wait on BT upgrading their HOmehub - or buy a Netgear!
You are fortunate indeed to find yourself living in such a society where
things like this cost so little.
As I said before if my router worked with XP (and Mac's and Itouch and other
UPnP servers) and struggles with ONLY Vista then it is unrealistic to expect
users to upgrade routers (basic communications kit - unspecialised) to meet
the needs of Vista. Vista is expensive enough as it is... > $300 over here....
I am sorry I cannot agree with your post about costs to upgrade- it does not
recognise the commercial situation outside the US.