Why Won't My Mac Connect?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by efree58, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. efree58 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2006
    Me and my neighbor share a internet through a wireless router, it's a linksys. He said he'd paid the ISP bill and said he'd leave the wireless router on while he went to europe for school for a month.

    Well I got a new macbook while he's been gone and I can't connect to the wireless. I have no idea why. I can connect fine at coffee shops but not to his. I put in the wep and what not, have it set as a 40bit hex. The mac appears to connect but it doesn't seem to get an IP address by looking at my 169 address in system preferances. I can't get into the router's config either because my neighbor didn't give me the password and i checked and it's not a default password. Even weirder, my windows laptop connects fine. It's given an IP via DHCP and every thing and I can browse internet on it. I tried to set a static IP for my macbook and that wouldn't work either. Anyone have a solution?
  2. eenu macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    For starters setting a manual IP will not work as it is clear his router is running a DHCP service. You want to set 'Configure IPv4' to 'Using DHCP'. The only other solution i have is that your using the wrong encryption settings from your Mac end....
  3. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    Try putting a $ sign in front of your WEP password. If that doesn't work, call your friend for the router's password. You might need to reconfigure it.

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