Are you frequently getting a "limited or no connectivity" error while using your router? This error message usually occurs when you try to connect to the wireless network on your Windows XP computer. This guide basically helps in troubleshooting the limited or no connectivity problem with your router. But before moving to its solution part, it's important to understand what does this "limited or no connectivity” error means?
This simply means that your computer is working to connect with the available wifi, but is unable to get the IP address from the router. You must be knowing how important is the IP address information when it comes to network settings. Therefore, it is mandatory that each and every device is having the proper IP address in the network. So, the router is one essential device that is responsible to assign IP addresses to all the devices in the network.
Eventually, there are two potential reasons for the "Limited or no connectivity" error that are:
Step 1. Firstly, start with the basic troubleshooting steps to fix common Internet connection problems.
Step 2. Next, restart your computer which is an important step for fixing any network issue.
Step 3. The next step is to reboot your router or modem.
Note: It is said to reboot not to reset. Rebooting means powering down and then turning back while resetting means clearing all the settings back to default.
If restarting your router doesn't work to fix the "Limited or no connectivity" issue, then continue with the next steps.
Step 4. Optionally, you may connect your network using an Ethernet cable which might fail in the first attempt. So unplug the cable at first and then reattach it. If required, temporarily replace your network cable with a different one to check if the cable was causing the problem.
Step 5. Further, run this command using Command Prompt and reset the Windows TCP/IP stack to its original state.
netsh int ip reset C:\logreset.txt
Step 6. Also, you can run some more netsh commands for resetting the network adapter (if the above command didn't fix the network error). Using an elevated Command Prompt, enter the first command, then the second, then the third, and so on in that order, followed by pressing the Enter after each.
Step 7. Lastly, run this given command to verify if the settings were disabled.
netsh int tcp show global
Step 8. You can finish the process with a reboot.
Step 9. If your network is working using DHCP, then find your local IP address.
Step 10. When the IP address is set to some static IP address, then modify the adapter's settings. This is required so that it gets an address automatically from the DHCP server. Ensure that the DHCP ends up enabled and there is no specific IP address recorded for the adapter. If the local IP address of your computer begins with 169.254, that means it's invalid and isn't getting a useful address from the router. So, try running the commands ipconfig /release and then ipconfig /renew in a Command Prompt window.
Step 11. You can update the device driver for the network card as an outdated card or corrupted driver might cause a problem.
Step 12. If Windows asks you to fix the connection itself, then simply run the Network Troubleshooter or Network Repair utility.
Step 13. If you're connected over Wi-Fi and the router uses wireless security, then check your WPA or other security keys. They should be set properly. For this, you have to login to your router and check the wireless security configuration on your computer's network.
Step 14. If you find no connection, then unplug your router and connect the computer directly to your modem. Well, if this configuration works, and you don't see the "Limited or no connectivity" issue then your router might be malfunctioning.
Hope this guide effectively works to fix the "Limited or no connectivity" error with your router.