Windows 7 - Media State........... : Media disconnected

Asked By VolleyballMo on 09-Apr-08 12:18 AM
My daughter's new PC came with Vista Home basic installed. Neither of us has
worked with Vista before. When I looked up the IP address to add it to our
home wireless network this is what I found:


Windows IP Configuration

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Connection 2:
Media State........... :  Media disconnected
Connection - specific DNS suffix        .  :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Media State........... :  Media disconnected
Connection - specific DNS suffix .  :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:
Media State........... :  Media disconnected
Connection - specific DNS suffix    .  :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:
Media State........... :  Media disconnected
Connection - specific DNS suffix    .  :


Needless to say there's no internet connection, and I can't find anything
else wrong. I'm hoping that someone out there knows what we're missing or
what's wrong.




Robert L. \(MS-MVP\) replied on 09-Apr-08 11:25 AM
Do you have wireless signal?

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VolleyballMo replied on 09-Apr-08 05:44 PM
Thank you for responding to my plea for help! I do have a wireless signal and
the PC now has a wireless connection. I'll write out the steps I took before
it resolved, just in case it helps someone else out there searching for
answers, though I'm not sure which step was the right one.

Step 1: I turned off all of the Windows security features (firewall,
Defender, Secure User Accounts, etc.) just in case something wasn't allowing
an internet connection. I figured that once it was connected I could turn
them back on one at a time.

Step 2: I clicked Start, then Control Panel, then Network & Sharing Center,
then Manage Network Connections, then I right clicked on the Wireless
Connection, then clicked Properties, unchecked IPv6 and then clicked OK. Just
for good measure I went back and did the same thing for the Ethernet
Connection.

Step 3: I had forgotten that for wireless security only MAC addresses are
filtered, so I didn't even need the IP address. I accessed our router’s
web-based setup page from another PC and entered the new PC's MAC address.
Then I went back to the new PC, clicked Start, Connect To, double clicked on
our wireless network, re-entered the passcode and other information for our
network and it finally connected!
Robert L. \(MS-MVP\) replied on 09-Apr-08 06:09 PM
Thank you for the update.

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