cannot access wireless network using ethernet adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by caibrendan, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. caibrendan macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2009
    Hi can anyone help?
    I am trying to get onto our home wireless network using a G4 a friend has just given me. It doesn't have an airport facility so my friend has also given me a 802.11g wireless ethernet adapter. I have followed the instructions exactly (accessing the adapters internal configuration and setting it to the wireless networks SSID and channel, then going back into the network settings and re-setting it to "obtain IP address using DHCP') When i restart the computer the network status reads as "built in ethernet is active and has a self-assigned ip address. you may not be able to connect to the internet" (the marker next to it is yellow)
    needless to say I cannot connect to the internet. I have tried setting a manual ip address, one within the range of our wireless address ( and then the network status reads "built in ethernet is currently active. you are connected to the internet via built in ethernet" (the marker next to it is green)
    But even then when I open safari it says "failed to open page because you are not connected to the internet"
    Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at the end of my tether!!
  2. chobbs macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    Same problem, did you find solution?

    Hi. I'm researching the same problem. I purchased the NewerTechnology MAXPower USB adapter. It's Wireless Utility app recognizes and connects to my Airport Express but I get the same message as you in the Network setting pane "Adapter has a self assigned IP address and may not be able to connect".

    I figure it'll work once I get OSX 10.5 to recognize and start using the adapter.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm getting fairly useless replies from their tech support.



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