Can't connect laptop to Airport

Rojo

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Ok -- So I've set up my old Airport Extreme (not the latest model, but the previous one) with a new network.

My G5 desktop computer can connect to the new network just fine. My G4 iBook, however, cannot connect -- no matter what I do. The laptop CAN connect to OTHER wireless networks that around -- just not to my own Airport. It's driving me crazy.

Anyone know what the problem might be?
 

mpw

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Are you using any security? If so have you tried prefixing the passkey with '$'?
 

mkrishnan

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Does it see it and fail to connect, or just not see it?

You might try deleting your location / creating a new location file (sys prefs -> network -> location -> new). Sometimes this clears up weirdness.

An iBook G4 + an AEBS also really should not have any issues with $'s or hex keys or anything like that. It should just work.
 

Rojo

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Does it see it and fail to connect, or just not see it?
Oh, it sees it -- and it LOOKS like it's connected when I select it. But then I open up a browser, or try to check for new e-mail, and....nothing. Then I select a neighbor's network (non-password protected, but weak) and it works. I go back to my own network (which is still working just fine for my G5), and still nothing.

You might try deleting your location / creating a new location file (sys prefs -> network -> location -> new). Sometimes this clears up weirdness.
Tried it. It didn't work. :(
I'm so confused....
 

mkrishnan

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When you go to sys prefs -> network, does the Airport show up with a "green" ball or an amber one? If green, then click on that interface and then go to TCP/IP. Make sure nothing is entered in the DNS blanks. If it's amber, then at the bottom, use the assist me button and run the diagnostics. Provide a screenshot if you can, or say what's green and what's not. Also look in TCP/IP for the relevant adapter on both computers and make sure that either both are using DHCP automatically or that they are set up to manually pick IPs in a non-overlapping way.
 

Rojo

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When you go to sys prefs -> network, does the Airport show up with a "green" ball or an amber one? If green, then click on that interface and then go to TCP/IP. Make sure nothing is entered in the DNS blanks. If it's amber, then at the bottom, use the assist me button and run the diagnostics. Provide a screenshot if you can, or say what's green and what's not. Also look in TCP/IP for the relevant adapter on both computers and make sure that either both are using DHCP automatically or that they are set up to manually pick IPs in a non-overlapping way.
It showed an amber ball, so I ran diagnostics, and this is what it shows:



I went through all the steps, it asked if I connect through DSL, I said yes, it asked me to restart the device, I did, and I'm still unable to connect. :(

And I looked at the TCP/IP info and both are using DHCP automatically.