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VISTA & WIRELESS : HOW TO SOLVE LOCAL ACCESS ONLY?

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  • Thank you for your reading and possible answer(s),
     
    UNABLE TO GET "LOCAL AND INTERNET ACCESS" UNDER VISTA, WHILE IT WAS POSSIBLE UNDER XP

    I used to get connected "home-like" with XP to a "secondary wireless router" (SSID: Wlancomtrend - no authentication needed, no work group, signal strength: Excellent), which gets the internet signal from a "main wireless router", plugged to the DSL line (SSID: Wireless - no authenticatin needed, no work group, signal strength: Good / Low).
    I am not the administrator of these routers. I used to get DNS automatically under TCPIP properties.

    VISTA DOESN'T LET ME ACCESS THE INTERNET, THOUGH I MANAGE TO CONNECT TO THE SAME ROUTER

    It says: "Access: local only"; and under Network and sharing center it says "unidentified network". I gess I'm a bit unfamiliar with this OS and do not master all its settings. I also marked off security essentials like Firewall under Windows security center, to prevent any possible internet access blocking. My laptop power plan is also set to "High performance".

    - I suspect my ID network is not well configured. Under System properties (right click on the "My computer icon") > Computer name > network ID > Join a Domain or Workgroup: I'm trying to keep the "This is a home computer" setting, but it goes back to "This computer is part of a business network" all the time, even after reboot. How to fix this, by the way?

    - Under Network and Sharing center > Customize the current connection > location type > i set it to "public".
    Other factors maybe irrelevant: / Sharing discovery > Network discovery: "On" / > file sharing: "On".
    I get DNS automatically under TCPIP properties (as with XP).

    A couple of days ago, VISTA managed to get internet with the "main wireless router" (SSID: Wireless - no authentication needed, signal strength: Good / Low). I just tried to set ID network to "This is a home computer" and rebooted. Under the network window, I also tried to tick a network location or workgroup. This may not be important, though.

    I STILL JUST GET LOCAL ACCESS ONLY WITH MY WIRELESS CONNECTION UNDER VISTA

    Any help? Molta mercé / Many thanks

    Also tried:
    - Automatically Detect Settings checked in internet options
    - Obtain an IP address automatically under TCPIP properties
    - Enable DHCP
    - Disable User Account Control in Security Center
    - Disable most of the Vista security stuff
    - Remove and set up all connections
    - IPv6 off
    - etc.

    Google Occitan www.google.com/intl/oc/ | http://www.eurominority.org/documents/cartes/occitania.gif
    Friday, August 03, 2007 11:05 AM

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    This is an ugly problem that I'm experiencing as well.. it seems that this is broken in Visa.. I really hope they look into it ASAP, because it's very very painful to use the system in this condition.

     

    So.. sometimes I cannot connect to a router at all, but more common is that after I resume the computer from sleep, I get "local only" access.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by thedropshot Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:12 AM
    Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:06 PM
  • FROM SOME FORUM

    Its all a c-r-a-p shoot. you can try static IP, you can disable IP6v, you can try entering your DNS, you can disable your DHCP broadcast, you can update your drivers, you can restore your computer, you can uninstall/reinstall stuff. Basically what it comes down to is that there is no guranteed fix for any of this. My notebook would come back online local and internet after being in local only for hours for no apparent reason and then just drop off and back into local only for no reason and there was no certain way to get it back online. This goes for both the Wireless and the normal Cat5 wired. Although with it being plugged in to CAT5 i did have more success at it being online after reboots but only 25% of the time.


    I talked to several computer dealers in town today and they all agreed its a craps shoot for Vista and wireless networking and have been unable to repair alot of the computers that they are seeing. So if you get a chance get a dual XP/Vista machine or just stay XP til MS resolves this issue.
    Tuesday, August 07, 2007 6:48 PM
  • I see the same symptoms on regular cable internet service through a Linksys WRT54G.

     

     I just loaded latest Ethernet driver from Nvidia.  I'm hoping it fixes this problem for me.

     

    If it matters, my sister also sees this, and she's running Windows 2000 Professional !

     

     

     

     

    Saturday, August 11, 2007 1:55 AM
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    Still dropping into "Local Access Only". even with the new Driver.

    Does it happen mostly on weekends? seems so to me.

     

     

    Saturday, August 11, 2007 9:57 PM
  • Try http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934430

     

    Disable the advanced scaling feature...

    Friday, August 17, 2007 8:04 PM
  • MS released a Pre-SP1 patch for WLAN.

     

    You can get this by eMail:

    https://support.microsoft.com/contactus2/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1410&WS=hotfix

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 12:41 PM
  • Hey. This link doesn't make sense..
    I have to enter something called "KB Artcile" - what is that?

    Is that one of those pre-SP1 patches or something else?

    Thank you
    David
    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:39 PM
  • Sorry for this. Didn't see that the link doesn't include the KB.

     

    Here is the link to the MS-KB

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932063

     

     

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007 5:47 PM
  • Hotfix installed, wireless still going "unidentified network" and "local only".

    I wonder if, in My Computer [left click] > Properties > Network ID > "Join a domain or workgroup" , the computer should be set to: "This is a home computer; it's not part of a business network" instead of "This is a home computer; it's not part of a business network".

    Probably made this mistake installing vista on the computer. It goes back to "This computer is part of a business network" all the time, even after reboot.

    Let's keep on trying to solve this.
    Google Occitan www.google.com/intl/oc/ | http://www.eurominority.org/documents/cartes/occitania.gif


    Thursday, August 23, 2007 5:23 PM
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    Hey there everybody,

     

     

    I'm on the same boat as you occitan. However, I'm an IT Tech for an apartment complex at a state university and we are providing wireless to students who don't have a hard wire connection. They're getting an IP address, but it shows that they have a "Local Only" connection w/ IP, Subnet,and DNS.

     

    I was looking through out Cisco fiber switch and I'm noticing errors on our wireless vlan scrolling "%DHCPD-3-WRITE_ERROR: DHCP could not write bindings to [wireless bridge]"

     

     

    I ran the hot fix on a couple Vista test computers and no luck. Microsoft wants to charge me $245 for something they screwed up in their OS.

     

    (Not to mention 300 angry students who can't access the internet).

     

    I Hope Microsoft can fix this problem ASAP because I heard alot of other campuses are having the same problem and there is no solid solution.

     

    Thursday, August 23, 2007 7:57 PM
  • Got the same problem. i'm using sonyericsson edge modem card. i have noticed that if i download something big then connection is good. but if i don't use internet for some time > my connection goes to "Local only". is there some microsoft guru that can explain this ***??  Is there any patch, fix available??
    Sunday, August 26, 2007 7:18 PM
  •  ACSheehy wrote:
    Try http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934430

     

    Disable the advanced scaling feature...



    Has anyone tried the above solution and had any success?

    My roommate with Vista is experiencing the "Local Access Only" problem which allows the computer to connect to the network but not to the internet.

    Saturday, September 01, 2007 11:49 PM
  • I have the same problem that many vista users are complaning about all over the interweb.  I can connect via wired ethernet without any problems at all.  The problem is with the wireless access, which is the only reason I bought this new laptop (3 days ago).

    All my other wireless devices work flawlessy within my network, and can access the internet (windows xp pro, and windows mobile 5.0) using a Linksys WRT54GS.

    When using my new vista business notebook (LG E500 using Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Adapter) , I am able to get connected after doing a few repairs, and reconnections, but the connection doesn't stay connected very long, I just lose the connection and the network goes into the "local only" state.  I`m beginning the hate that "local only" message now.

    The most common error I receive is " Cannot commincate with the Primary DNS Server``,  I have no intention of looking at changing any router settings to allow this Laptop access as I will not have access to others routers when I travel, I only have control of my laptop, so we have to find a solution on the client end...

    I hope windows vista wireless networking is backward compatable with older routers, the thought of not connecting to random hotspots because I`m using Vista would be enough for me to go back to XP.

    You almost think, that this issue being posted here at MS forums would be enough for MS Experts to take this issue seriously enough to fix, I know may users who have been trying to troubleshoot this problem, when in fact it should be MS employees troubleshootion this major problem...

    What ever happened to plug and play?
    Sunday, September 02, 2007 6:58 AM
  • Yes, I have tried that autotuning option - it doesn't help...


    Sunday, September 02, 2007 5:02 PM
  • Same problem here.  Windows Vista Ultimate on a new PC with plenty of RAM and a 5.3 performance index.  Hardwired FastE connection to Cisco 2950 which goes to Cisco PIX 501 --> Netopia Cayman ADSL Router --> AT&T Internet (static addressing 6Mb).

    For no apperant reason, Vista switches to local access only mode.  Doesn't matter if I use DHCP or statically define IP info.  It is not the network because all the Windows 2003 servers, XP Pro PCs, and Linux work fine.   It certainly is not happening on  wireless connections only.  This PC doesn't even have a wireless NIC.

    From a command prompt, standard or elevated, I can ping internet hosts both by name and IP address.  I can resolve the names of the sites that I can't connect to with either Internet Explorer or Firefox.  It almost seems as though the problem is related to the way Vista handles http/https traffic, and not necessarily total internet connectivity.

    Does anyone know what criteria Vista uses to evaluate whether or not it can connect to the internet?  If we could manually troubleshoot that process, step by step, we coulld probably figure this out.  Otherwise, I think we'll just have to wait on MS to fix this.
    Monday, September 03, 2007 2:48 PM
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    Hey Everybody,

     

     

    It's been a month and still nothing. I called up Microsoft support, (866) 234-6020, and filed a "complaint" regarding ALL Vista Based OS (Basic to Ultimate). I gave them the link to this forum. Hopefully we'll get some kind of response from Microsoft. If you want to take the time, call that number and do the same thing I did. It doesn't cost anything. Hopefully enough complaints will get to them to actually do something about this rather than have millions of people wait on "SP1" to be released.

    Thursday, September 06, 2007 7:12 PM
  • I had the same "Local only" access problems with my Vista Home Premium, but it is now working fine after several days of trying various things including suggestions in this forum thread.  The problem started for me when I uninstalled Norton Security 2007 to install a competitor's product.  I got tired of Norton Internet Security's flaky issues with Vista, like LiveUpdate failing to download updated virus defs.  I used "Programs and Features" from the Control Panel to uninstall Norton IS, which seemed to go smoothly--I saw no errors, and when I returned to Programs and Features, the product was removed from the list.  However, after installing the competitor product (a top pick in Sept 2007's Consumer Reports), I was locked into "Local only" access for both my wireless and wired connection.

     

    What finally worked was the recommendation 4 days later from the new security vendor's support organization:

     

    I have checked the system information log you sent us and found that you still have components of Norton on the computer. This could be the cause of the problem.

     

    Kindly run the Norton uninstall to remove the remaining components of it.

     

    For the instructions on how to download and run the Norton uninstaller, please click on this link:
    http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/viewxml.do?ContentID=EN-1034185&id=EN-1034185

     

    You need this Norton Removal Tool to fully uninstall the product.  I soon as I ran it, my connection went back to "Local and Internet."  Hope this might help some in this forum who had the same issue due to a firewall/security product that perhaps they tried to uninstall or remove but registry entries and other traces of the product still left hooks in Vista that prevented the system from connecting to the internet.

     

    --ITProf

    • Proposed as answer by ciclismopr Monday, December 29, 2008 8:51 PM
    Friday, October 26, 2007 3:20 PM
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    It sound like your issue is/was "no access at all".

    That is not the same as the  issue here, which is "intermittently no access for no apparent reason, then it may or may not recover".

     

     

    Friday, October 26, 2007 8:32 PM
  • I'm pretty sure I have the same problem as you...  When I get this, it happens after about an hour or two of being connected to the internet, and then I just loose the connection.  There appears to be a connection for me, but I can't get out.

     

    I get this same problem with different connection types (Wireless, and also a PCS Card).

     

    Something I found on another board seemed to work for me...

     

    Go to Windows Update... Click on "Check For New Updates".  When it fails, keep clicking it.  After about 10 tries or so, the network mystically comes back...

     

    I know this doesn't solve the problem, but it keeps me from having to reboot!

     

    Good luck!

    Monday, October 29, 2007 4:46 PM
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    Temporary solution : Assign a static IP address and check for the connectivity .....It would get connected instantly.....Use 4.2.2.2 for the preferred DNS server.....It;s a global DNS server address.....Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thursday, November 01, 2007 7:33 PM
  • I'm not sure if this is any help to you guys, but I think this problem is related to antivirus software. I had exactly the same problem and resolved it by turning of the block function in McAffee firewall. I have also seen people having problems with Norton. When uninstalled the problem was solved. Maybe just luck, but it helped..

     

    • Proposed as answer by Jagawar Friday, February 05, 2010 5:20 PM
    Monday, November 05, 2007 11:54 PM
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    Installed KB941649.

     

    Have not seen the problem lately. If it comes back I'll repost here.

     

    P.S.

    Anyone who is able to diagnose "Local Area Connection Status" please post with the setting for "Log on as" value for Diagnostic Policy Service service.

    It won't start on my system. (starts, but then stops immediately).

     

    Tuesday, November 06, 2007 7:02 PM
  • Well as soon as I post this optimistic report I get hit with Local Access Only.

    So KB941649 is not the answer.

     

    However, the system did recover on its own, in a few minutes. Did not have to reboot.

     

     

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007 12:50 AM
  • 'So unfair:

    I tried to connect to a router (with a Toshiba TX) with Vista Home premium: it worked!: Local & Internet.

    I tried to connect to the same router (with a Sony vaio FZ) with Vista Ultimate: Local access only.

    Where is the bug?

     

    during the Vista Ultimate setup process, I remember having stupidly chosen the "this is a business computer" parameter, instead of setting it as a "home computer". Now, even after reboot, the changes do not apply if I set it to "home computer". When I reinstall a fresh copy of Vista (erasing partitions), the OS doesn't ask me to choose anymore. How come?

     

    Shall we wait for the Vista SP1?

     

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 4:24 PM
  • I went back to XP three weeks ago and everything is alright,again. I used Vista since it was released, installed it twice on my notebook, but a third time I don't want to. Perhaps after SP1 is out for a few weeks/months.
    Sunday, November 11, 2007 4:30 PM
  • I am thinking that this is a feature of IPv6 and not actually a problem.

     

    If you are inside a business network, you will be using proxies to access outside content so local only is not a problem. If you chose you are on a business network because you thought it would give you features, well more fool you, I am sorry to say... (I had to say it, forgive me!)

     

    The next time you get local only, try this:

     

    Open the "Netowrk and Sharing Center"

    Click on Customize next to your network

    In the "Set Network Location" dialog box, click on "Merge or delete network locations"

    In the "Merge of Delete Network Locations" box, look for a network location with the status "not in use". Delete that network location by highlighting it and clicking the delete button.

    Close dialog boxes.

     

    Tell me if your problem goes away (temporarily at least - it will come back again...)

     

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 6:14 PM
  •  

    I had the same problem with a new notebook installed with win vista home prem. I pretty much tried disabling IPv6 and deleting network connections but still no go.

     

    Finally i resolved it using a work around.

     

    I opened the network connections and right click on the wireless connection and click properties.

     

    In the Wireless connection properties I highlighted ipv4 and clicked properties.

     

    Under the general tab, I left it to default settings which is 'Obtain IP address automatically"

     

    I clicked on the Alternate Configuration tab and set it to user configured.

     

    i set the IP address, subnet, and default gateway manually. I also added Preffered DNS server to the router address and left the rest blank.

     

    I clicked on OK and close all the windows and rebooted the computer.

     

    After reboot I opened network and sharing center.

     

    Access was 'local' for a while then the diagram changed and the red x was removed.

     

    Unidentified network was changed to my network name.

     

    Then I tested my connection and browsed to a couple of sites and now I can access the internet.

     

    Rebooted a couple of times and it still worked.

     

    Please try this and see if it resolves the issue. It's just a workaround so it might not work for everyone. Happy hunting! Smile

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by BillSteel Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:50 AM
    Thursday, November 15, 2007 4:20 AM
  • And yet another unhappy Vista user experiencing the same problem. One person posted that if the connection says active, it is not lost. This is exactly correct. If the connetion sets idle for more than 8 hours, only a reboot brings it back. Hopefully someone will find a solution (maybe even Microsoft).

    Monday, November 26, 2007 3:31 PM
  • Anyone tried KB930517 already?
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930517
    Monday, November 26, 2007 9:50 PM
  • I have experienced the same problem and tried everything the previous guy tried also took the laptop back and returned it for a new one thinking that it was bad. Wasted about 8 hours of my time and my clients money trying to resolve this one.

     

    Bottom line STRIP VISTA AND REINSTALL XP

     

    • Proposed as answer by PCH Tech Saturday, June 08, 2013 7:31 PM
    Tuesday, November 27, 2007 10:40 PM
  • Same problem here.  I just bought a Vista system.  I am seriously regretting buying Vista.  I new I should have bought a Mac.  I can't even connect to my own WEP secured network.  My wife's Mac connects without a problem!!!

     

    Nothing I've done EVEN SETTING THE FREAKING CONNECTION AS PRIVATE WORKS!  It still only allows "local access".  What a piece of $#%! 

     

    M$ didn't make it more secure.  M$ just made it impossible to stay on the Internet.

     

    Wednesday, November 28, 2007 3:07 AM
  • I've spent the last week with this problem.  Bought an HP pavilion dv6000 with Vista Home.  I connect to my home and any secured network without any problem.  I get the "local access only" when I try to connect to an open network (Starbucks, hotels, airports, ...).  I've tried most of what everyone here's tried (firewall on/off, disabling dhcp broadcast flag, disabling IPv6, ...) nothing has worked.

     

    I've seen some progress made when manually assigning IP addresss and DNS but not always an option when at an airport or other places.  My wife's laptop running XP connects without any problems.  Any chance that MS would let me exchange Vista for XP.  ;-)

     

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 6:11 PM
  • The only thing that I have been able to do to get "local and internet" access is turn the security off on the linksys router. I'm not to happy about that. Does anyone else have any suggestions.

     

    Thursday, December 06, 2007 6:12 AM
  • I've tried everything short of reinstalling Vista.  This is actually what the tech support from HP suggested.  I connect to my home network wirelessly without any problems.  I've connected to other companies' wireless networks without any problems.  I hit a snag when I try and connect to an open network (hotels, coffee shops, airports, ...).  That's when I get the "local access only".  I connect to the network and it identifies but just no connection to internet.  Same error that many others see "no DNS".

    I'm about ready to plunk down the $59 and call MS directly (but then I think that's about 1/4 of the price of XP, maybe I should just spend it on that instead).  The only problem is that Vista came preinstalled on my laptop and MS website says to contact manufacturer.  I think they should make an exception in this case.  Smile

    I was very wary of buying this laptop since it came with Vista.  Was looking for an XP machine.  I wonder if MS would accept an even trade.  I'll give them back Vista if they give me XP.  Or maybe I'll just throw up my hands, reformat the hard drive and reinstall with Linux.  I'm kind of leaning in that direction.

    Good luck everyone.
    Thursday, December 06, 2007 3:11 PM
  • I have had not luck either in solving this problem. I am reinstalling XP, at least I know that this OS works.

     

    Thursday, December 06, 2007 5:46 PM
  • This morning, I experienced the following behavior:

    HTTPS access worked.
    Windows Update worked.
    VPN to office worked.

    HTTP to ANY other site would NOT work. Not with Firefox and not with IE

    Ping would work
    tracert would work
    nslookup would work.

    This is Vista Ultimate, connected BY WIRE to a Linksys router. Checked all router settings (nothing had changed).
    Rebooted Vista. No change.

    All connections through VPN worked (outlook got its email), Remote desktop worked. Could access the rest of the internet
    via remote desktop, but any attempt to directly access with IE/Firefox via HTTP would fail.

    Now searching web to see if any other people have had similar problems. Vista has been working for over a year; Actually it is pretty close to exactly 1 year - I wonder if some license has expired or something.  Vista did not appear to be operating in 'limited behavior' mode.


    Friday, December 07, 2007 12:50 PM
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    I am getting the same problem with Vista (local network only).

    It is happening in a domain netwerk at the office.  XP and 2003 are working fine, 2 Vista Business workstations are also fine.

    But two others are haveing problems. When rebooting the connection is ok to local and internet but after a while (a few minutes) it is local network only.  I have tried so many options found on the internet... nothing helps.

     

    Is there someone at Microsoft who is (I hope) also reading this forum who can help????

    I am running with a Dutch Vista Business on my workstations.

    Today I had the same problem with a brand new Toshiba notebook for a customer. It works for 10 minutes and then it stops...(local network only).. 

     

    HELP HELP  HELP

    Friday, December 14, 2007 3:10 PM
  • I use a vista laptop, i was using a default connection i pick up at my house, it worked fine for about 2 weeks, and then all of  a sudden out of no where my laptop just disconnected from the internet and since then its been stuck at "Local only". if i connect to other connections i get "Local and Internet". So i know this is a stupid question but is this a vista or the internet problem??
    Saturday, December 15, 2007 3:07 AM
  • Sorry for the double post but, i used to use this exact same connection for my PSP and it was fine, now after my laptop disconnected, my psp cant access the internet either...Tongue Tied
    Saturday, December 15, 2007 3:10 AM
  • I have observd many a times that when teh wireless signal is strong (>60%), this problem dosent seem to arise and i can connect to the internet thru wireless !!
    Saturday, December 15, 2007 8:01 AM
  • This appears to be a common problem. I bought my flybook notebook with vista business hoping to be able to connect to the internet in hotels etc whenever I roam but I always get the same prolem. It sees the network but can't identify it. I can connect to my home network only by disconnecting the power supply to the wirless router and restarting it. You can't do this in a hotel! My partner does not have the same problem anywhere running XP. I installed SP1RC hoping it would resolve the problem but it just crashed my system after a reboot and it did not solve the problem anyway. I had to go back to a restore point before SP1 install to get my computer working again. 

    Why does microsoft not sort out this problem. If they want us to spent the money and upgrade!!! the should sort out this problem.

    This is a microsoft forum so they must read these threads. Has anyone heard from microsoft to say at least they are working on the problem. 

    Please lets get a fix for this or I will have to go back to the Xp OS.

    Sunday, December 16, 2007 5:25 PM
  • this is not a driver thing but try right clicking computer (my computer in xp) then click on properties look on the green and blue area for device manager or search device managaer in the search feild of the start menu anyway when ur in the device manager click the + on network adapters and click on properties for the correct device and go to all tabs until you see an option about turning it off to save power make sure its unticked (checked) then apply or ok it then exit device manager it might work it shuld stop it from going local only after a screensaver, asus nap mode, standby etc. i think
    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:03 AM
  • I concur… My laptop was purchased in August of this year (‘07) the experience with the laptop is great (Alienware always wanted one), the wireless does not work; has not, will not stay connected under any conditions.  I have some input into this as little as it may be, check your network adapter in device manager. I have an Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network card internal to this laptop.  Does anyone have an external USB network adapter running with the same problem occurring?  I was contemplating buying an external network adapter to see if this would solve the issue, but after looking for one many are of course not compatible with vista… What is wrong with this OS…? Why was it forced out when it is obvious that it is not ready for release?  I tried the last suggestion of turning off the systems ability to turn off the network adapter to save energy to no avail, still not resume a wireless connect (even just local after it resumes out of sleep or hibernate…. MeH…. No one from Microsoft will do anything any faster because of this or any post Microsoft new about this issue how many months ago? They just can’t fix it!  Just hurry the ____ up! I hate having a nice new laptop that is not wireless… WTF!

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:26 PM
  • Tried this step by step but am still unable to connect to the Internet via my Motorola router. No problem connecting to the router but I, too, have the pesky Access: Local Only setting.

     

    I followed your suggestions above but do have one question - from where did you obtain the IP address you entered into the Alternate Configuration???  I used the ones I found on my "wired" desktop computer that is using the same router and internet connection but they did not help.

     

    I've had this problem on and off for weeks. Earlier this week, it suddenly started working. It was fine for two days then on the 18th, it downloaded some Windows Vista updates and now I'm back to ground zero. I even tried rolling the system back to 12/15 to see if that would help, but no dice.

     

    I've never experienced anything quite as frustrating as this. Gateway wants me to start from scratch and reinstall Windows but I have so much software loaded on that laptop, I really don't want to do that. The BEST tech support has come from Motorola but they, too are stumped.

     

    To further complicate things, our internet service is broadcast. The receiver is on the roof, and the connection to the router is just a little tiny box (about 1-1/2" SQUARE) which DOESN'T get plugged into the normal slot (WAN) but rather into a regular network slot.

     

    I'd sure appreciate some help from Microsoft on this without having to pay $59 a pop.

     

    Connie, Pomona, MO

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 2:44 AM
  •  Michael Kleinpaste wrote:

    Same problem here.  I just bought a Vista system.  I am seriously regretting buying Vista.  I new I should have bought a Mac.  I can't even connect to my own WEP secured network.  My wife's Mac connects without a problem!!!

     

    Nothing I've done EVEN SETTING THE FREAKING CONNECTION AS PRIVATE WORKS!  It still only allows "local access".  What a piece of $#%! 

     

    M$ didn't make it more secure.  M$ just made it impossible to stay on the Internet.

     



    Yes I am wishing my flat mate bought a mac as well. Indifferent we now are just plugged directly into the cable modem and that seems to work fine but I cannot not set-up any sort of wireless router to get my MAC powerbook hooked up to the internet. It sucks because I need the internet for work.

    I don't know how many hours i've spent trying to figure out what was wrong. Now after another late night trying countless things and researching I come to find out it was MS "issue" to begin with. Frankly I think the computer was a waste of $2400.
    Saturday, December 22, 2007 12:20 PM
  • I finallly returned the laptop and received a full refund from Frys Electronics. Will now look into purchasing an older laptop and install XP onto it.

     

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 3:55 PM
  • Hey guys... I've got it working. Finally, my new Gateway laptop running Vista Home Premium is connecting to the internet via  my Motorola wireless router.

     

    We turned it off, rebooted, let it go into sleep mode and wake up - connection is still there.

     

    Wish I could tell you what we did that made it work but to be honest, we clicked so many settings, enabled and disabled so many properties and tried a little of everything. Finally we "repaired" our connection and just like that - the red X went away and we were on line.

     

    At least until the next time it happens.

     

    Connie S.

    Pomona, MO

     

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 9:00 PM
  • With the greatest respect, that reply is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. It's up there with 'I drove past you yesterday when it was raining.'

     

    I'm fuming over this from Microsoft - annoyed at myself also for being stupid enough to buy into Vista. Their lack of service and respect for customers should be answerable by law.

     

    I'm off to get XP for the short fix, but will look to a MAC in the future. In short, I hate Microsoft

    Friday, December 28, 2007 9:45 PM
  • It'll do that.  The issue is sporadic.  It'll work, then it won't.  

     

    I put my POS Vista UMPC away for a week because I was literally ready to throw $1200.00 at a brick wall.  I fired it up a few nights ago and it worked.  I fired it up again last night and it doesn't.

     

    VISTA = POS!

     

    I will never, repeat never buy Vista again.  The only reason I have a PC at home is for gaming.  When XP is no longer supported, I will game on the Xbox, or my Mac now that games are porting over.

    Friday, December 28, 2007 9:59 PM
  • Have just purchased an HP notebook with Vista home premium loaded. It only connects local when on wireless. If I connect it via cable it works fine. I tested it in a laptop repair centre and it worked fine on wireless which would indicate that there is a problem with the router / vista combination that I am using. My xp machines work fine on the wireless.

     

    Have tried to configure the wireless connection manually but to no effect.

     

    Have updated all drivers / software from both Microsoft and HP.

     

    Have seen on blogs that the SIP on the router may be causing a problem but can't seem to disable this on the router. have emailed both Hp and my broadband supplier for help. No useful help on the Microsoft site.

     

    Anyone got an answer that works?

     

    Saturday, December 29, 2007 12:20 AM
  • Hello,
    I am having the same problem with vista home premium on a dell laptop.  I have the intel Pro card.  It connects local only for no aparent reason.  No problems wired at all, XP or vista.  I have a WRT54GL with hyperWRT as well as a belkin 54G extender in wired mode.  I have tried relocating the router, reconfiguring the network, everything.  Still intermittant local access only.  I hope someone from MS is looking at this!

    Pat

    Saturday, December 29, 2007 4:53 PM
  • I feel I've solved the problem.  Before I wasn't able to sustain a transfer between computers connected via Linksys router, but last night I transferred 6+ gigs of data and the Vista machine's networking is still working.

    Over the course of several days, I made only one change at a time, then waited to see if the failure occurred again.  I'm an IT networking professional so I based my decisions on my familiarity with network protocols, impact, risk, ease of implementation and fallback positions.
    These are the steps I took:
    1.  Installed Teracopy, which takes over the file copying function of Windows.
    http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php
    2. Disabled IPv6 (Control Panel -> Network Connections -> <your connection> -> Properties)
    3.  Disabled Link Layer Topology Discovery Mapper and Responder (Control Panel -> Network Connections -> <your connection> -> Properties)
    4. Set Power settings to high performance (Control Panel -> Power Options) and disabled the screensaver (Control Panel -> Personalization -> Screen Saver)
    5. Reduced my Linksys router's MTU to 1480 (although I doubt this was part of the solution)
    6. Enabled ECN with the following command "netsh interface tcp set global ecncapability=enabled" from command line (Start -> cmd)
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726965.aspx

    Possibly step 6 is all you really need to do.  Please post if this works for you.
    Monday, December 31, 2007 3:51 PM
  • I have never been so frustrated in my entire life.  I purchased a laptop for my fiancee for Christmas that's running Vista.  it ran fine on our wireless router for a few days, then, like everyone else here, it drops to local only.  Sporadically it would work, then stop working, then work, then stop.  The entire reason I bought her that laptop was so she could connect to the internet wirelessly.  Is Microsoft even paying attention to this?  It'd be great to at least get a post here from someone saying they're at least looking INTO the problem. 

     

    I'm going to have to go home after work today and spend a few more hours working on the bloody thing.  Hopefully one of the posts here that I haven't already tried will fix it.  I'd hate to have to go out and buy a copy of XP to install on her machine (not because XP is inferior, just because I don't want to dish out another couple of hundred bucks when the program I already purchased should work properly). Grrrr!

    Wednesday, January 02, 2008 4:02 PM
  • Has anyone tried this:

     

    Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233

     

    • Proposed as answer by HornGuy Saturday, July 11, 2009 2:07 AM
    Wednesday, January 02, 2008 8:58 PM
  • Dear All

    I had the same issues, tried all the stuff but nothing helped until I stumbled over the following Technet Article

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/3ed3d027-5ae8-4cb0-ade5-0a7c446cd4f71033.mspx?mfr=true

     

    And by simply using the command

    netsh wlan show all

    I saw that my WLAN adapter (in a 4 years old Thinkpad R50P) was not supporting the WAP PSK option with AES but only with TKIP.

    After adjusting this little setting, the issues were gone.

    Cheers and good luck

    Mark

    Thursday, January 03, 2008 7:47 PM
  • I had the same problem until today.  I talked to a Dell tech support guy and the thing that worked in the end was a System Restore.  You go "Start - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore".  When the window pops up, you choose "Select a different reference point" (or something like that....  It's the one that doesn't say Recommended)

    , then you choose a previous date from the list... preferably a date when it worked (if ever).  Click the Next button a few times, then Finish.  A dialog box should pop up saying (" If you do this, it can't be undone... blabla..."), just click YES.

     

    The computer should restore itself to the specified date ( took me a few minutes) then it should reboot.

     

    From there on, it worked for me.  I hope this helps others.

     

    James.

    Monday, January 07, 2008 12:18 AM
  • James,

    Most of us have already gone down that path. Personally, I've restored this damn thing several times.

    My desktop has no problem connecting to my router, wirelessly. I've tried emulating every single setting from the desk top on the laptop to no avail. My desktop is running Vista Professional for Business and the Laptop is running Vista Home Premium.

    One works - the other works only sporadically. it is a real pain in the ***.

    ConnieS
    Monday, January 07, 2008 12:30 AM
  • I've the same issues.  I'll try some of these solutions but I'm not hopeful.  Why is Microsoft not responding?  I'm sure there would be more complaints, but most wireless Vista users are stuck on "local access only" and can't post.

    Sunday, January 13, 2008 5:19 PM
  • This is someting that really frosts my cake. When I try to repair the connection (or lack thereof), Vista says it cannot repair, would I like more information.... and then tries to connect to the internet and tells me I must have a problem with my DNS server because it cannot connect to Microsoft.com.  DUH!!! My problem is that I can't connect to the Internet - don't try to take me to the internet for help.

     

    All Vista help files are located online - none are part of the software system itself. If you are working off line or cannot connect, you cannot get help for ANY Mocrosoft Vista based product. period.

     

    I thought I had solved my problem - and indeed, I had. I was reliably connecting, wirelessly, to the wireless settings of my motorolla router both local and internet for about five days and then - voila - local access only. Nothing had changed. No new software installed, router had not been powered on or off, no Vista updates installed, firewall turned off, no Norton, no McAfee, nothing.

     

    Looks like I have an expensive portable DVD player and laptop solataire game interface.

     

    Wonder what would happen if I reformatted and installed Red Hat?

     

    Sunday, January 13, 2008 5:52 PM
  • Not sure if my problem is quite the same but, whenever I turn my computer on I have only local access. So I open a shell and use the "ipconfig /renew" comand and then I can connect the internet no problem. It just seems strange that I have to do this every time, I don't understand why this doesn't just happen automatically.

    The much more serious problem I uncovered whilst trying to solve this issue is that if I try and change my network configuration to use a fixed ip and "ok" the changes. My computer totaly locks up then gives me a Stop error (BSOD) I've posted about this issue on another thread.

    It's a right bummer!
    Sunday, January 13, 2008 10:43 PM
  • Hello to all,

    I have deliberately replied to the first post in the thread to signify just how long it has taken/ and still is taking for Microsoft to take note and give at least some guidance/ notification that they care about those customers who have invested in their new OS..... On their own forums!!!! It all seems incredibly trivial now but I thought i'd put my own twist on things with my horror story...

    I am currently typing, sitting rather uncomfortably on my desk chair. I'd like to be sitting on my comfy sofa, cup of tea maybe, surfing the internet on my laptop. I cannot do this of course for much the same reason as the numerous other sufferers that have previously posted. The complete annoyance in my case is just how intermittent this ridiculous problem seems to be. Writing this I am using Vista Ultimate, running the internet perfectly (TOUCH WOOD!!!) connected to a belkin wireless router. My housemate is also doing the same with his physical connection, this time using XP home. Other computers also known to share this connection are another desktop running Xp pro and a laptop running Xp home.

    I recently invested in a laptop purely for the luxury of it and expected, due to the current situation with the rest of the network sharers, that i'd be able to connect to the network no trouble. But of course, this laptop running Vista premium "won't verify" the connection and will only connect locally..... Tried everything within my own knowledge and now trawled through posts who here for help... Still no luck. The silly thing is, I take this laptop round to my girlfriends and, low and behold... IT CONNECTS FINE?!?!?!??! Just what is going on here...Seriously?! When's there going to be answers?!!?


    Sincerely,

    Another disgruntled Vista user.




    Monday, January 14, 2008 11:54 PM
  •  

    In this situation, I would try changing the wireless channel number. Have you tried that ?

    Can you really blame Vista if you have seen that it works on another wireless network?

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:44 AM
  • Well, my original point was regarding the lack of interest that Microsoft have taken into this issue with Vista. Obviously it is up to an individual person whether they choose to rely on an OS that many would say is not ready for an open market, however in many large retail outlets it does now prove difficult to buy a non- vista PC/ Laptop.

     

    I may have been a bit hasty to condem Microsoft but, I have literally gone through every post on this thread, sought after, and tried many fixes to this problem with no luck, and this seems to be the most detailed thread on this rather widely known issue.

     

    All the above aside, if you have more help then please elaborate!! I'm still more than willing to try ANYTHING  

     

    Thanks!

     

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 2:34 AM
  •  

    the thing to do is check all parameters on the wireless network that works (your friend's) and compare them against your home network. There are 11 wireless channels, so it is sometimes recommended to try to a different channel number.

    if your channel now is 1 try 6 or 10; if it is now 11  try 6 or 2.

     

     

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:37 PM
  • Apoligies for my ignorance, but I am not exactly an expert with networks currently. Can I change the channel on the laptop rather than the network because the fact that computers already work on the network strongly suggests it's not the network specifically?

    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 5:43 PM
  • Well, if i read your earlier posts  correctly, it works on one network and not another and that suggests that it is the network.

     

    you have to set the channel on the connecting computers, and on the router. Sorry I can't walk you through it.

    Try the FAQ on your router manufacturer's Web site.
    Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:16 PM
  • This is so not fair!!!  Wasting our precious time trying to figure out what is obviously a MICROSOFT DEFECT.  Getting aggravated & frustrated & annoyed, so much so, that if this damn laptop didn't cost so much $$$, I swear I would beat the f*** out of it with a sledge hammer.  I think that that is probably the only way I'd get any satisfaction from all this BS.

     

    We go & spend our $$$ on these computers only to find out that they don't work.

     

    WHAT A WASTE OF OUR TIME & OUR $$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    So after purchasing, what we think & hope, is a wonderful brand new computer, and probably buying it because we are aggravated and annoyed from our other/older computer(s)....we end up finding out that what we really bought was nothing but a headache, a time waster, and an expen$ive, supposedly "high tech"computer that's greatest asset is to aggravate, frustrate, & annoy us.  And remember, we gave our $ for this.  So, in essence, we didn't just give our $ away, we purchase DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE.

     

    MICROSOFT SHOULD RECALL ALL COMPUTERS/LAPTOP COMPUTERS WITH VISTA + GIVE US FREE TECH SUPPORT + THE OPTION OF SWITCHING TO WINDOWS XP.  THAT WOULD BE FAIR & MAYBE RESTORE SOME OF OUR FAITH IN MICROSOFT.  I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WAY THINGS WORKED WHEN ANY COMPANY MANUFACTURED & SOLD DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS TO THE CONSUMER.

     

    SO WHAT DO I/WE DO?  SEND LETTERS TO OUR CONGRESSMEN?  NO.  I THINK THAT THERE IS A GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US=THE CONSUMER.

     

    If I do pursue this, I will post, as long as, microsoft doesn't delete it rather than post it.

     

    One person with one voice is usually ignored, but THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS!

    Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:41 PM
  • Well I was having some problems with my Lynksis wireless network adapter and no matter what I did after sleep mode it was not working I tried several things but still could not get the dam thing to work I had to restart the computer to get the thing to recognize it until I did what was suggested in a post here which was to turn off the disable the power to the adapter in the adapter settings when you go to sleep mode. Now all I do is unplug and plug it back in and it works again I still don't know why it doesn't just work without having to do all this *** but I guess as long as it is working I am happy. I feel for those who are having problems still I know the feeling. This is just another system to learn and debug for You know who LOL.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:30 PM
  • I am having the same issues. I have made the registry changes posted here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233

    and that seems to have improved the situation, however:

     

    I have also discovered that I have two drivers for my Realtek 8185 based PCI card. The driver which shipped with Vista apparently only fully connects to an access point which is 802.11b only. It hangs at "identifying network" when trying to connect at an 802.11g access point. When I updated to the current release of the driver, just the opposite occurs. I can connect to G access points, but hang at "identifying network" when connecting to a B only access point. The details tab of that hung connection shows connected at 54mb. Clearly wrong.

     

    Maybe it is a driver issue for me. Appears to not correctly identify the network radio type and connect at the appropriate B or G speed.

     

    Anyone know how to force Vista to connect at only 802.11b or only 802.11g. This would help me troubleshoot this further.

     

     

    Ken

     

    Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:54 AM
  • Replying to myself with some potential solutions....frankly I'm getting tired of the complaining going on in this thread rather than hearing about solutions.

     

    Everything was working well for about a month and then suddenly I had the original problem again.  During transfer of large folders from a WinXP machine to the Vista machine, networking pretty much shuts down on the Vista machine.  I can't ping anything on the local network, and sometimes I can't even reboot the machine to fix the problem.  It gets stuck on the logging off screen and I have to hit the reset button.  So, I've tried a few more things and seem to have stabilized it again.

     

    7.  Using static IP instead of DHCP (Control Panel -> Network Connections -> <your connectiion> -> Properties -> IPv4)

    8.  Disabled TCP auto-tuning with command "netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled)

    9.  Disabled TCP receive-side scaling state with command "netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled)

     

    interesting articles here:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/wndp/archive/2006/05/05/Winhec-blog-tcpip-2.aspx

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927168 (this article recommends disabling receive-side scaling in a certain situation)
    http://www.kitz.co.uk/adsl/vistaTCPtweaks.htm

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932170 (REALLY interesting.  i've tried all these techniques and they *might* be working.  this article is called "When you copy large files to or from earlier operating systems, the copy operation may be slower than expected on some Windows Vista-based computers"

    Monday, January 21, 2008 5:19 PM
  • Reading the complaining may be tiresome but please understand that it is done only after trying many if not all of the "solutions" offered by other participants in this formum.

     

    AND - the rare occasions when Vista does allow local and internet access over a wireless connection are so unpredictable that it is impossible to say - I solved the problem doing such and such, as we really don't know WHAT solved the problem, just as we don't know exactly the circumstances in the problem reoccuring.

     

    On my end, I can drive to town and connect quickly in the parking lot of the local hotel, or go to any of the coffee shops, etc. that offer WIFI. I just can't connect in my own home.

     

    This past weekend, I swapped out my Motorolla router in favor of a Linksys router. I rolled my laptop back to the factory settings, (which means I have to reinstall all my software - bummer), tried statip IP, instead of DHCP, disabled TCP auto-tuning as you suggest above, disabled TCP receive-side scaling, as stated above, and am still unable to get on line.

     

    I simply don't know what else to do (other than reformatting and installing XP) so I complain. Human nature I guess.

     

    Connie Schachel in Pomona, Missouri (ya'all welcome to come by and take a crack at it!!!).

     

    Monday, January 21, 2008 10:37 PM
  • Same HERE Connie... I just have to complain because AFTER 4 DAYS OF TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION, of course using a friend's computer SINCE I CANNOT ACCESS THE D*MN INTERNET ON MINE - BTW using my friend's computer ON MY OWN ISP, which of course DOES NOT WORK ON VISTA... I had to format to LINUX - I WILL NEVER USE A MICROSOFT OS AGAIN, F*CK MICROSOFT........

    You'd THINK the supposed #1 OS system would have a fix for NOT BEING ABLE TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET!... but nope, IN FACT,MICROSOFTS POS UPDATE was the cause of it for me... and the STUPID A*S UPDATE WAS AUTOMATIC / WITHOUT MY EVEN APPROVING, DIE MICROSOFT, DIE....

    Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:31 PM
  • i had the same problem spent hours on the phone with different tech supports my cp is a vista home premium built by acer finally i got fed up and called acer customer support wanting vista removed and xp installed the girl that i spoke to was the one that finally helped fix my problem.......

     RESET OPERATING SYSTEM TO FACTORY DEFAULTS-When system reboots turn off automatic updates.

    for u people that installed vista yourself reinstall and turn off automatic updates.

    and yes turn off norton firewall.

     

    PS i will let uyou know if connection fails again

     

    Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:49 PM
  • I tried for 4 days before i solved it. I had a home network setup that was working fine until I installed an update form Norton. I used the removal tool found here to get rid of it. everything works fine now, I just dont have any anti-viruis software...

    Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:00 PM
  • i have formatted several computers on vista and i have found out that wireless networking and norton do NOT get on especially OEM versions of norton , i installed norton retail on 1 pc got all updates and everything and works fine!, when i install OEM on it and get all updates , for some reason when i clean up my computer using , evidence eliminator, cleanup!,ATF Cleaner, after computer restarts it wont connect no more.

    I have done the same cleaning process on another machine but retail version of norton installed and after restart it works fine! Tongue Tied weird, also i can confirm on the OEM system after uninstalling norton it works fine , then when i install it again , it works fine , seems to not work with OEM especially if you use the same cleaning tools as me Tongue Tied weird but i no what the problem is now, its just trying to fix it Sad


    anyone doing anything similar to me at all with the oem like deleting temp using programs?Tongue Tied what i can say is DONT else it will like....'trip' norton OEM



    Tuesday, February 12, 2008 10:47 PM
  • I think you may have something here.  I know that Vista is incompatible with older versions of Symantec/Norton Antivirus and Vista periodically catches this on boot-up.  I loaded the free Avast, ran fine for awhile and then started to get some random BSOD crashing on boot up.  Since then I've uninstalled it.  A by-product is that I've had no networking issues for the last week.

     

    Like you, I'm a little uneasy about running with anti-virus right now...

     

     

    Thursday, February 14, 2008 1:22 PM
  • I have a new Dell XPS M1530 laptop with Vista and have been experiencing *precisely* this problem - upon resume from sleep or hibernation, Vista will not detect the gateway address for the network.

     

    One thing that works *sometimes* is to open a Vista Command Prompt and manually release and renew your computer's IP address. If you want to try this, do the following steps:

     

    1. Press "Winkey" + R

    2. Type "CMD" and click "OK". A Vista Command Prompt should appear.

    3. Type "ipconfig /release wireless*" and hit <ENTER>.

    4. After #3 completes, type "ipconfig /renew wireless*" and hit <ENTER>

    5. Note the wireless icon in the system tray; if the small "globe" artifact appears between the computers, your gateway has been detected.

     

    I have installed the KB article that pertains precisely to this problem and it did *not* help.

     

    On this *same*  machine, which now dual-boots with XP, XP connects to the network each and every time *perfectly*

     

    Gotta love this "new and improved" OS... Smile Thank heavens for XP.

     

    -David

     

    Friday, February 15, 2008 4:36 AM
  •  

      I did it!  I found my solution!    

     

    This all stemmed from me giving my wife my old G4 PPC Apple Powerbook so she would have her own laptop and I could get a newer computer.

     

    I guarantee this will work for everyone!  Here's what I did, so stay with me here.

    1. I put my Vista based PC on ebay and sold it (unfortunately at a loss).
    2. I'm using the money I made selling that PoS to buy an Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro sometime next week (haven't decided which yet).
      1. I know it works because my old Powerbook can STILL connect to any Internet connection WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.
    3. If I need to run any PoS M$ software (Pretty much NONE!) I will be installing XP via VMware Fusion or Parallels.

    PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

     

    Thanks Microsoft, I never would have thought of this solution if it weren't for your wonderful efforts with Vista.  Great Job!!  I look forward to renewing my experience with the superior Apple products.

     

    Who says Microsoft doesn't encourage competition, eh?  Way to promote the other guy! 

     

    Friday, February 15, 2008 5:03 PM
  •  

    ok my solution for me that works 100%, non of these stupid answers or comments is :

    for me installing OEM version of symantec is fine on vista , getting updates is fine , but i DONT use any cleaning software except vista disk clean up , this solution for me works 100%

    installing symantec RETAIL for me has no effect what so ever even when i use third party cleaning software.

    So my conclusion for me that works 100% is that OEM symantec software has got problems when you install it on vista AND you use third party cleaning software. SO if you have any symantec software on your machine and vista on, I.E you got a dell or compaq etc and it came with OEM version on it pre-installed... to fix this problem totally uninstall it of the system , download and run symrnt?Tongue Tied or something the norton removal tool , make sure you get the latest 2008 version , use it, then restart , then run it again , use disk cleanup , get yourself , amust regsitry cleaner , run it , get yourself max registry cleaner , run it , get your self tune up utilities 2008 and run registry cleaner , run it (basically several registry cleaning software) defragment your computer, restart and get your self installer clean up , find any symantec or norton in the list and get rid of it , then install norton , this process will get that annoying 'tattoo' that symantec leaves THUS resulting in your network successfully connecting as long as you dont use any third party cleaning software.

    this for me works 100% guarnteed for me this works and is genuine, people using other internet security software or antivirus software give it a shot and see how you get on , but 1 thing i no for me is this works 100% , try it yourself uninstall your antivirus and firewall and do the clean up process as i explainedSmile

    Hope i help some of you people out , symantec is annoying to PROPERLY uninstall of your system iv had norton since the 2000 build Sad


    Saturday, February 16, 2008 5:42 PM
  •  

    one thing i must add to my previous comment is that people who want to maintane vista in a good working order , get your self some basic maintance tools to keep it in tip top shape and error free , i use the following for cleaning up :

    Cleanup!
    ATF Cleaner
    Evidence Eliminator

    and i use the following to fix errors and maintain the registry :
    Amust Registry Cleaner
    Max Registry Cleaner
    Tune Up utilities<Registry Cleaner>

    and i use Diskeeper to defragmentSmile

    The Local Access Error I CAN fix , and HAVE fixed!Smile any people that want to chat to me or want to find out more give me a shout Smile il be more then happy to helpSmile

    Saturday, February 16, 2008 5:52 PM
  •  

    Fixing the OP problem should not be dependent upon installing half-a-dozen "tuning and maintenance" products. Microsoft has already acknowledged that this problem exists, and has attempted to solve at least one source of the problem through the knowledgebase article described earlier. Unfortunately, that did not solve the problem for me in my installation of Vista. There are apparently multiple causes of this problem, some of which may or may not stem from interaction with certain antivirus products.

     

    The greater frustration for me is that this problem is prevalent enough that its escapes me how it could have escaped pre-release testing. Wireless networks are hardly new anymore, and bringing a laptop out of sleep or hibernation is hardly a technological innovation. XP doesn't exhibit this problem when installed on *precisely* the same hardware. I'm sure that's a byproduct of the fact that Microsoft has entirely rewritten the IP stack for Vista.

     

    As it appears that MS has not been able to resolve this issue, one possible solution (which, admittedly, is rather drastic) is to roll your machine back to XP. My understanding is that every Vista license includes an implicit "downgrade" license to a corresponding version of XP. I have a laptop with a dual-boot configuration of Vista and XP, with the Vista "version" exhibiting precisely the behavior described in this thread. Conversely, when booted under XP and resumed from either sleep or hibernation, gateway information is *never* lost and connectivity is restored normally. For anyone on this thread who has found this problem untractable under Vista, and found no resolution, moving back to XP is at least an option to consider.

     

    -David

     

    Saturday, February 16, 2008 6:34 PM
  • That's great for you.  Better to not make presumptions about someone's "stupid answer" though.  

    In my personal case, I experienced this problem from day one.  I even removed the entire Security Suite. I too thought I had fixed it on several occasions. In most people's case the issue is sporadic. They aren't reduced to "Local Access" all the time. In fact I installed Microsoft's preferred Security Suite Live One Care. Guess what, problems still exists. One minutes I'm surfing along fine the next I have local access only.

    My comment is still a valid solution. If M$ is a company that REALLY cares about their customers, they wouldn't have put this PoS out. And by the sounds of the SP1 reviews, it's not going to get any better. By this and all the other *** I have to put up supporting their shoddy products, I'll stick with a company that's resided in the top 10 for Customer Satisfaction and Customer Support for the last 10 years; several of those between #1 and #5.

    My only real mistake was not trusting my instinct and allowing myself to spend the money on a product I knew wasn't worth the dough.
    Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:15 PM
  •  soonerdave wrote:

     

    Fixing the OP problem should not be dependent upon installing half-a-dozen "tuning and maintenance" products...

     

    The greater frustration for me is that this problem is prevalent enough that its escapes me how it could have escaped pre-release testing...

     

    As it appears that MS has not been able to resolve this issue, one possible solution (which, admittedly, is rather drastic) is to roll your machine back to XP...

     


    Absolutely David!  Wi-fi connection in this day and age is paramount for any mobile person.  It should have worked correctly out of the box without exception.  This is a serious oversight on their part and the entire QA department should be fired for this release.  The fact that people still defend this product, is proof that Microsoft has taught people to accept mediocrity.  They should have taken the money they spent on marketing and pumped it into development and testing!  I would have preferred a "ho hum" campaign than the B$ parade they put on.  "Where's your WOW?"  It's certainly not here.

    For the "Sidegrade" (M$ terminology), you have to contact M$ directly now.  Reseller's aren't allowed to ship the sidegrade discs.  We ran into this with Dell since I am "Sidegrading" multiple systems at work because of all the issues this PoS has (believe me this is only the tip of the iceburg).  Dell isn't even allowed to ship the CD's (Microsoft cancelled the shipment).

    People's desire to keep XP is proof that prettying up the GUI to keep people from jumping ship isn't the only thing you should concentrate.  A lot of the changes I've seen now are "Change for change sake".  The AdminPak for managing servers doesn't work correctly and even as an admin I get that freakin' stupid UAC. 

    "You've come to a sad realization. Cancel or Allow?" is right.  
    Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:36 PM
  •  Michael Kleinpaste wrote:
     soonerdave wrote:

     

    Fixing the OP problem should not be dependent upon installing half-a-dozen "tuning and maintenance" products...

     

    The greater frustration for me is that this problem is prevalent enough that its escapes me how it could have escaped pre-release testing...

     

    As it appears that MS has not been able to resolve this issue, one possible solution (which, admittedly, is rather drastic) is to roll your machine back to XP...

     


    Absolutely David!  Wi-fi connection in this day and age is paramount for any mobile person.  It should have worked correctly out of the box without exception.  This is a serious oversight on their part and the entire QA department should be fired for this release.  The fact that people still defend this product, is proof that Microsoft has taught people to accept mediocrity.  They should have taken the money they spent on marketing and pumped it into development and testing!  I would have preferred a "ho hum" campaign than the B$ parade they put on.  "Where's your WOW?"  It's certainly not here.

    For the "Sidegrade" (M$ terminology), you have to contact M$ directly now.  Reseller's aren't allowed to ship the sidegrade discs.  We ran into this with Dell since I am "Sidegrading" multiple systems at work because of all the issues this PoS has (believe me this is only the tip of the iceburg).  Dell isn't even allowed to ship the CD's (Microsoft cancelled the shipment).

    People's desire to keep XP is proof that prettying up the GUI to keep people from jumping ship isn't the only thing you should concentrate.  A lot of the changes I've seen now are "Change for change sake".  The AdminPak for managing servers doesn't work correctly and even as an admin I get that freakin' stupid UAC. 

    "You've come to a sad realization. Cancel or Allow?" is right.  


    Michael,

     

    I think MS has a three-fold problem with Vista. First, it's a commercial failure. For all the spin they put on it, you'll never make be believe it is as successful as MS, in its deep, dark meeting rooms, wanted and needed it to be. Yes, they trump how many million copies are in the wild, but we all know the biggest percentage are those bought through OEM's that don't have much of an alternative - and at least two manufacturers are thumbing their nose at MS by continuing to offer some flavor of XP alternative (Dell and NEC). Second, MS doesn't know what to *do* about the first problem, and it has them in a catch-22. Do you fix the problems that seem to be imperiling its success, or do you fast-foward to the next iteration of the same product and hope it catches fire? It looks for all the world like SP1 is really just the kind of basic refinement MS should have put on the product before it was released. Third, how does a company who's throwing $46B at Yahoo plan to manage and fix a desktop OS product that seems to have so many basic problems, particularly in the networking space?

     

    This sleep/hibernation issue isn't the only networking problem Vista has; go browse a few thousand threads about Vista's file transfer performance for some epithets that will REALLY give you a warm glow. I don't know that MS really appreciates just how much frustration Vista is inducing.

     

    Sorry, I'm wandering off topic.But sometimes I get the feeling if Vista were a ship, if I ran to the bridge I'd find no captain. There's no direction. In my opnion, Vista has to succeed - and succeed soon - or else you will see Windows 7 accelerated to market faster, and arguably more recklessly, than any other OS in Microsoft's history.

     

    I guess that's why that previous post about "install these basic maintenance tools...(blah blah blah)" really irritated me. There has to be an expectation that Microsoft can fix basic functionality in its operating system. Considering this thread has been open for close to six months, I guess perhaps that expectation is increasingly unrealistic. It is to boggle the mind.

     

    Meanwhile, the rest of us here on this thread are still wondering if MS can figure out how to bring a laptop out of hibernation and back onto a network.....MS, are you listening?

     

    -David

     

    Saturday, February 16, 2008 11:53 PM
  • Oh, you don't have to convince me.  Granted I came from the Linux camp and only support M$ because the powers that be don't understand that it doesn't have to be M$.  So, I'm a little biased because I've learned to look past the "Windows". Pun intended.  I'll give that Linux is definately not desktop ready, but it is getting closer.  I'd almost put it at XP SP1 level.

    I converted to Mac almost 5 years ago when I learned that it's subsystem is Unix.  I did a 1 1/2 years research before making the jump.  Now that I've seen how an OS should operate it's frustrating as heck dealing with the failings of M$ products.  I see it every day and Vista literally P!ss3s me off repeatedly every day.  While in the 4+ years that I've had my Powerbook I've had only 1 OS problem where a patch disabled the "Airport" wireless card.  The patch was out the next day and fixed it right up.  I have NEVER had that kind of a satisfactory experience with any Windows iteration.  

    As an IT Manager, I am plagued daily by the inadequacies and mediocre implementaion that Micro$haft products delivers; server or workstation.  They need to stick to Office.  It's the only one they do well.
    Sunday, February 17, 2008 2:32 AM
  • How I wish people wouldn't post here unless the post is relavant to the issue. Everytime I get a forum alert my hopes go up that a solution is pending and then it's just somebody grinding an old ax or comparing operating systems.

     

    The problem being discussed here is Vista Operating System setting wireless network access to Local Only, thus making it impossible to connect to the Internet. Period.

     

    If you don't have something to share that might solve the problem, take your MAC vs PC, Windows vs Linux discussions private.

     

    If I sound pissy, I am today. Who ever in their right mind designed computer towers with all the weight at the top? Who thought it was a good idea to put USB ports at the BACK? I am so sick and tired of being on all fours trying to get "removeable" (that's a joke) USB devices plugged in, dragging this tower in and out from under the desk, having it fall off it's trolly and on to it's side that I could spit.

     

     

     

     

    Monday, February 18, 2008 5:00 PM
  •  

    ok this is what you need to do , uninstall any antivirus AND firewall, restart your pc , does it seem to connect now again with the globe?Wink afterwards reinstall all your antivirus and firewall and get all updates. This works 100% tested it and done on 3 machines and 5 for my friends as well works fine so far. All it is asking for is 20mins of your time to uninstall any antivirus and firewall then restart and reinstall it and get updates. This works 100% and is a FIX ( if you have any antivirus and firewall software installed) untill microsoft release a patch. DO NOT change any setting in your networking like unticking ip6 etc... keep everything ALL the same.

    Smile

    Monday, February 18, 2008 7:44 PM
  •  H2Hax wrote:

     

    ok this is what you need to do , uninstall any antivirus AND firewall, restart your pc , does it seem to connect now again with the globe? afterwards reinstall all your antivirus and firewall and get all updates. This works 100% tested it and done on 3 machines and 5 for my friends as well works fine so far. All it is asking for is 20mins of your time to uninstall any antivirus and firewall then restart and reinstall it and get updates. This works 100% and is a FIX ( if you have any antivirus and firewall software installed) untill microsoft release a patch. DO NOT change any setting in your networking like unticking ip6 etc... keep everything ALL the same.




    Just to add ,this works for WIRELESS and ETHERNET!

    Monday, February 18, 2008 7:46 PM
  • I had the same issue for the past 3 days.  I tried disabling ipv6, DHCP Broadcast, enabling/disabling the NIC, changing network type to Private from Public in Network and Sharing Center, etc.  It seemed everytime I changed to Private it would end up back at Public.  Here's what I did to resolve it:

     

    1.  Go to System Control Panel

    2.  Under "Computer name, domain, and workgroup setting" select "Change Settings"

    3.  The system will prompt you for the network type:  Home, Business and Public

    4.  Select Home

     

    My system immediately connected to my network and everything has been kosher since.  Hope this helps somebody out there.

     

    Friday, February 22, 2008 12:25 AM
  • I solved my "Local access only" problem by:

    1. Stop Vista Firewall at Start / Computer (click right mouse button) / Manage / Services and Application / Services / Windows Firewall / Stop
    2. Request ip-address at cmd.exe / ipconfig -renew
    3. Restart Vista Firewall

    (There may be some errors in the above terminology, because it is my translation from the Finnish GUI.)

     

    So in my case HP laptop Vista Firewall is blocking DHCP-requests. I can also specifically see from the security event log, that firewall is blocking packets related to ports 67 and 68, which are used by DHCP. I have my laptop in a domain environment and I get my firewall rules from the group policy, so I have only limited control over the firewall. I should study more carefully firewall rules from the group policy editor, when I have more time for this. However at this point there seems to be some strange issues with the firewall:

    • I don’t have any problems with the same DHCP-service, if I am connected to the network with an Ethernet cable instead of WLAN. Firewall rules should be the same in both situations. (Sometimes I have seen the same problem also with a cable after switching cable from one network to another.)

    • Not all Vista laptops in the same domain are experiencing the same problem.

    • After using several weeks my WLAN successfully, the problem started unexpectedly. I am not aware of any modifications to firewall rules.

    I hope this may help someone with the same problem.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:19 PM
  • I dont have Norton and I have not been able to connect though my WLAN for a wile (worked fine  for about a day 2 weeks ago)
    Now I have the same problem with the LAN.

    This seems to be a general problem, there are millions of hits on this on the web, and people are spending hours upon hours tying to connect using this half baked junk.

    I'm never buying anything from this company again, not ever. Can't imagine that the millions that have the same problem will eighther.


    Sunday, March 02, 2008 1:44 AM
  • Boy and Girls its official -  Wireless & internet access on home laptop!!!!...

     

    I've been cabled off my router (deskbound) since last yr, occasioanlly wasting a nights efforts attempting to get wireless working.

     

    Last night I did the following:

     

    Installed SP1 for Vista (leave running for a good hour or so!)

     

    Applied the three other updates that were available after I did the SP 

     

    removed IPv6 from my wirless network card properties

     

    Disabled DHCP assigning on my wirless router

     

    Manually set:

                                IP

                               S/n Mask 

                               Default G/W

     

    Also manually set dns servers AS my ISP DNS servers.

     

    I also use WEP security.

     

    once I completed this I setup a wiress connection for internet and bobs your uncle I was surfin USA!

     

    thought I'd share what worked with me for you guys, hoping it works for someone else..

     

    HAPPY EASTER!

     

    Thursday, March 20, 2008 2:53 PM

  • Saturday, March 22, 2008 10:14 PM
  • I have my doubts that this is a Norton problem.  I was using Microsoft OneCare and I had the same problem.  I got sick and tired of OneCare hosing up my system, and uninstalled it followed up by the OneCare cleanup utility.  After that, I had to recover to find my CD/DVD drives, but that's another story.  I tested without any security software other than the builtin firewall, and the problem presisted.  Now I have Norton 360, and although I still get local access only on my wireless, at least I have decent security protection.

     

    I've been lugging around a 50 foot CAT5e cable for when I need to get on the Internet.  Ah, the joy of mobility.

     

    p.s., After having Vista Ultimate for 14 months, with one month on SP1, I'm still using XP Pro as my production OS.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:51 PM
  • Thank God I've found this thread.

     

    My sister just received a Dell Inspiron laptop with Vista Home Premium with the intention of going wireless, but the damn thing is stuck on 'Local' access only! The router is brand new from BT Home Hub and "Vista compatible". Spent several hours between BT support, removing programs, installing drivers and finally a complete reformat. It seems the only thing Vista is good at is quick reinstalls! It's a real pity Dell stopped supplying XP.

     

    But...

     

    The laptop did pick up a neighbouring router and managed to connect intermittently. Often it was local access, but occasionally provided 'local and internet'. So I guess Vista is refusing to cooperate with the BT router, however BT don't want anything to do with this and I'm on my own in searching for an answer.

     

    Vista is an utter sham.

     

     

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 1:01 PM
  • Try this:  disconnect from your wireless connection.  In your router, if you currently have no encryption on, enable WPA-TKIP and create a password.  Connect with your wireless client (desktop or notebook) again and when asked the passphrase type the password you created.  After a few seconds you should be allowed on the internet.  If you already have WPA enabled on your router, try changing to WPA2-AES, create a new password and reconnect.  This soultion worked for me.  Godd luck.
    Saturday, March 29, 2008 4:24 AM
  • Vista sucks - but have a solution which worked for me on an HP Pavillion:

     

    Load Vista Service Pack 1 (available on the Microsoft web site)

     

    Disconnect wireless network

     

    Get into your network settings via the control panel.

     

    Uncheck IPv6

     

    Go to propreties of IPv4

    Select use IP address

    Enter in IP address of router, for the last numerics insert a different number, e.g. if router access address is 12.0.0.2 enter 12.0.0.20 as the IP address, submask will auto fill (if have other computers accessing router use 21, 22, 23 etc)

    DNS - enter your servie provider's addresses

     

    Restart wireless connection and hopefully you now no longer have Local Access only

     

    In essence it appears as if Vista does not "autodetect" IP addresses

     

    Good luck

     

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 2:16 PM
  • Thank-you Happy Bunny - worked for me - I am now one to!

     

    Saturday, March 29, 2008 2:33 PM
  • I  just receive my laptop about 1 week ago and I too am having the same problem with Vista and wireless connection "Locall access only". (should have read you post before I purchased the system)

     

    I am reading the posts and  though I applaud you all on the suggestions on how to fix this problem , I think that it is very unfair that we the customers have to figure out the problem. WE PURCHASE A PRODUCT, WE SPEND OUR HARD EARN MONEY,SO IT SHOULD BE A GOOD PRODUCT THAT WORKS, NOT ONE THAT YOU HAVE TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT  WHAT TO DO . THIS IS RIDICULOUS THAT WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM.

     

    I don't know about you all but I am no computer expert, so I don't believe that I should have to deal with this problem or have  to pay a computer technician  extra to figure out the problem and they still can't figure it out. So I  am still stuck with a sytem that I can't use .

     

    I think that it is about time that Dell deal with this problem. If they can't address the problem, I will say like someone else posted , this product should be recalled and we shoud all get a refund to purchase a good system that works.This is just too ridiclious and they should be mindful of the number of disgruntled  customers.

     

     

     

     

    Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:41 AM
  • Netgear router? (or other)

    Change the router settings to g+b only.  Voila, instant IP to the vista box.
    Wednesday, April 09, 2008 7:26 AM
  •  Havoke wrote:

    I concur… My laptop was purchased in August of this year (‘07) the experience with the laptop is great (Alienware always wanted one), the wireless does not work; has not, will not stay connected under any conditions.  I have some input into this as little as it may be, check your network adapter in device manager. I have an Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network card internal to this laptop.  Does anyone have an external USB network adapter running with the same problem occurring?  I was contemplating buying an external network adapter to see if this would solve the issue, but after looking for one many are of course not compatible with vista… What is wrong with this OS…? Why was it forced out when it is obvious that it is not ready for release?  I tried the last suggestion of turning off the systems ability to turn off the network adapter to save energy to no avail, still not resume a wireless connect (even just local after it resumes out of sleep or hibernate…. MeH…. No one from Microsoft will do anything any faster because of this or any post Microsoft new about this issue how many months ago? They just can’t fix it!  Just hurry the ____ up! I hate having a nice new laptop that is not wireless… WTF!

     

     

    I recently purchased a laptop with the same network adapter you have and after about a week of pulling my hair out, being angry at anything and everything I have the exact same problem that the rest of you have described.  Havoke, after not getting anywhere with the internal network adapter, the same one you have (Intel Pro Wireless 3945abg), I did hook up and external network adapter (linksys) and it didn'y change a thing.  Still got "local only"  So if it helps, don't spend money on one.  Some of the changes I tried to make were disabling the Intel adapter, but when I did that it took all the SSID's with it.  I went as far as walking around the house trying to see if it would change and it actually did change to "local and Internet" for about 10 seconds.  I thought I had something there, but the unfortunate thing was I was walking down a stairway when it hooked up.  I've literally wasted a week playing with this garbage and dont plan on doing it anymore.  How do you delete VISTA anyway, if a person wanted to do that and install Windows XP.  Seems like the best fix, unless Billy and his Brain Trust, figure out a fix, real soon.

     

    Instead of wasting all this time again, I was thinking of taking a week and setting up a "class action lawsuit"  Someone said there's alot of money up there in Redmond.

     

     

     

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 11:11 AM
  •  Havoke wrote:

    I concur… My laptop was purchased in August of this year (‘07) the experience with the laptop is great (Alienware always wanted one), the wireless does not work; has not, will not stay connected under any conditions.  I have some input into this as little as it may be, check your network adapter in device manager. I have an Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network card internal to this laptop.  Does anyone have an external USB network adapter running with the same problem occurring?  I was contemplating buying an external network adapter to see if this would solve the issue, but after looking for one many are of course not compatible with vista… What is wrong with this OS…? Why was it forced out when it is obvious that it is not ready for release?  I tried the last suggestion of turning off the systems ability to turn off the network adapter to save energy to no avail, still not resume a wireless connect (even just local after it resumes out of sleep or hibernate…. MeH…. No one from Microsoft will do anything any faster because of this or any post Microsoft new about this issue how many months ago? They just can’t fix it!  Just hurry the ____ up! I hate having a nice new laptop that is not wireless… WTF!

     

     

    I recently purchased a laptop with the same network adapter you have and after about a week of pulling my hair out, being angry at anything and everything I have the exact same problem that the rest of you have described.  Havoke, after not getting anywhere with the internal network adapter, the same one you have (Intel Pro Wireless 3945abg), I did hook up and external network adapter (linksys) and it didn'y change a thing.  Still got "local only"  So if it helps, don't spend money on one.  Some of the changes I tried to make were disabling the Intel adapter, but when I did that it took all the SSID's with it.  I went as far as walking around the house trying to see if it would change and it actually did change to "local and Internet" for about 10 seconds.  I thought I had something there, but the unfortunate thing was I was walking down a stairway when it hooked up.  I've literally wasted a week playing with this garbage and dont plan on doing it anymore.  How do you delete VISTA anyway, if a person wanted to do that and install Windows XP.  Seems like the best fix, unless Billy and his Brain Trust, figure out a fix, real soon.

     

    Instead of wasting all this time again, I was thinking of taking a week and setting up a "class action lawsuit"  Someone said there's alot of money up there in Redmond.

     

     

     

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 11:12 AM
  •  fanfarenj wrote:

     

    the thing to do is check all parameters on the wireless network that works (your friend's) and compare them against your home network. There are 11 wireless channels, so it is sometimes recommended to try to a different channel number.

    if your channel now is 1 try 6 or 10; if it is now 11  try 6 or 2.

     

     

     

    Being in California I read where channels 1, 6, and 11 were the proper ones to use in this area.  Tried those as well as the rest and nothing changed.

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:17 PM
  •  Wince the Wiking wrote:

    I tried for 4 days before i solved it. I had a home network setup that was working fine until I installed an update form Norton. I used the removal tool found here to get rid of it. everything works fine now, I just dont have any anti-viruis software...

     

     

    I'm a firm believer that when you get all this AntiVirus Software that somes bundled with an Operating System, that continually pops up at every start, and takes hours to uninstall, and then you have to take a survey of why youre uninstalling it, theres gonna be trouble.  Norton is garbage......

     

    If you want a great antivirus free software, try "AVAST"  Just google it and you get the address.  It's free for six months, then just renew it again for free.

     

    Mike.......

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:36 PM
  •  Wince the Wiking wrote:

    I tried for 4 days before i solved it. I had a home network setup that was working fine until I installed an update form Norton. I used the removal tool found here to get rid of it. everything works fine now, I just dont have any anti-viruis software...

     

     

    I'm a firm believer that when you get all this AntiVirus Software that somes bundled with an Operating System, that continually pops up at every start, and takes hours to uninstall, and then you have to take a survey of why youre uninstalling it, theres gonna be trouble.  Norton is garbage......

     

    If you want a great antivirus free software, try "AVAST"  Just google it and you get the address.  It's free for six months, then just renew it again for free.

     

    Mike.......

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:36 PM
  •  Wince the Wiking wrote:

    I tried for 4 days before i solved it. I had a home network setup that was working fine until I installed an update form Norton. I used the removal tool found here to get rid of it. everything works fine now, I just dont have any anti-viruis software...

     

     

    I'm a firm believer that when you get all this AntiVirus Software that somes bundled with an Operating System, that continually pops up at every start, and takes hours to uninstall, and then you have to take a survey of why youre uninstalling it, theres gonna be trouble.  Norton is garbage......

     

    If you want a great antivirus free software, try "AVAST"  Just google it and you get the address.  It's free for six months, then just renew it again for free.

     

    Mike.......

    Sunday, April 20, 2008 12:36 PM
  • Hey guys,

    I've been having this problem and i've tried setting static IP's, disabling ipv6, etc..

    What worked for me was checking out the router settings. I looked at the mac addresses and there was an option that was enabled that said "Turn MAC filtering ON". It might be different for you depending on your router.

    I disabled the MAC filtering and VOILA! The internet worked JUST FINE. Big Smile

    Hopefully this helps a lot of people out.
    Thursday, April 24, 2008 7:15 PM
  •  

    Hello all,

     

    I have fixed this problem on a couple of my companies PC's running Vista SP1. Only found this solution yesterday so I don't know if it will hold up. I was reading an article that told me to create a new registry entry called DhcpConnEnableBcastFlag (it's linked a few pages back in this thread). This didn't fix the problem but when I checked to see if my entry was still there after reboot, I noticed another item called DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag. I set this to 0 for my wireless adapter and hey presto - I'm getting the correct Subnet mask and IP address (I was getting a wrong subnet mask and an IP address for a totally different subnet before).

     

    In regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\(your wireless network adapter)

     

    Set DWORD DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag to 0

     

    No idea how to tell which one is your wireless adapter so I just set this value to zero for all adapters (as wireless is the only one that will get used). Don't know why or how it worked or if it causes any other problems but it did work. As soon as I did this, it popped up a window asking if the network is private or public. Now I get a correct IP address from my router and access to internet is ok.

     

    Hope this helps someone out there!! 

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by Backonline Saturday, April 03, 2010 11:55 PM
    Friday, April 25, 2008 9:14 AM
  • Thanks to all for posting and sharing your info regarding this issue. This thread is the best and most informative so far what I've found on the net.

    I'm experiencing similar problem.

    I'm running Vista SP1, my wireless internet connection drops to local only every  minute.

    What I've done:

    1. I disabled the encription on the router - didn't help
    2. I applied a manual fix in the registry - didn't help
    3. I disabled TCP/IP v6 - didn't help
    4. I uninstalled/installed SP1 - didn't help

    I borrowed another laptop and was able to connect to my router without any problems. The connection was stable. So there is a problem with my laptop running Vista.

    What I've noticed.

    1. If I take a file from another computer and copy it over the network into my laptop then I surf internet for 2 hours non-stop.
    2. I reboot my laptop. I have a problem. The connection drops every minute to local only. and then gets established to local and internet. I do copy a file over the network - and I'm able to surf internet for 1 hour.

    It seems to me somethings gets blocked and copying the file triggers an event which resolves the problem with intermittent internet connection.

    I have a SONY VAIO latop running Vista SP1.

    your input is appreciated.




    Monday, April 28, 2008 2:31 PM
  • I had the local access only problem suddenly appear on my PC today, and spent approx 4 hours before identifying the issue. First of all, let me point out that in my case it was over a wired ethernet connection, not wireless, but I believe the issue may apply equally to all, so here goes. My PC had been working fine, but I left it on over the last 24 hours. When i got back from work, I woke it up from it's suspended state, and it wouldn't connect to the internet anymore. After spending lots of time using my other PC to find possible causes, I read that when Vista awakens from sleep/suspend, it may not be able to recover the network adapters. So, the solution was:

    1. go to device manager -> network adaptors -> right click on each "properties", go to "power management" tab,  and uncheck the box that allows windows to control the power state for each interface.

    2. hard power down the machine (Hold power button until machine stops - usually about 7 seconds before windows reacts, then about 2 more for the machine to stop dead)

    3. unplug and switch the machine off for long enough for any capacitors to drain (I waited about 15 seconds)

    4. power back up, selecting the start windows normally option

    For the record, the machine in question was running Vista Home Premium SP1 64bit

    Hope that helps some of you


    Saturday, May 03, 2008 12:03 AM
  • As silly as it sounds my problem is identical to yours.  I walk outside or any other place and mine connects
    immediately, without a problem.  But in my home, a connection is impossible.  I sure am tired of wasting countless hours hoping something with work.

    Mike in Southern California.
    Sunday, May 04, 2008 10:33 AM
  • Any resolution to this problem MS guys? This is really frustrating. Every one hour or so the internet connection on my Vista Ultimate (recently installed) laptop drops - funny thing is sometimes it keeps on showing "Local and Internet" yet isn't able to browse internet and sometimes it shows Local Only. Tried most of the options on this forum. Nothing seems to be working.

     

    Can someone from MS please give a definite solution to this? It is surprising to see there are so many threads on this topic and yet there is not a solution to this problem.

     

    Also please do not tell me I have to upgrade my router because I installed vista. That is just ridiculous.

     

    Thanks.

     

    Monday, May 05, 2008 7:32 PM
  • I just got a Linksys G wireless router 4 days ago to go with my HP Pavillion DV6000 laptop with Vista Ultimate installed and with no sucess. However I did manage to see Local and Internet only once, for 10 seconds, the longest time ive ever been on wireless.

    Ive tried some of the suggested ways in solving this, Vista SP1 - 64 bit OS, Updating Router Drivers, Changing channels, deactivating and reactivate IPv4 and IPv6, giving it different securities keys WPA, WEP.

    Ive tried router changes, G - only, B - only, and Mixed, renewing my IP Address, specifically puting in my IP Address, Subnet Mask and DNS. Nothing..

    Also, does anyone know if your able to hook up a wireless router on top of an currently existing ethernet router? This is currently how I have it.

    DSL  ----->  Linksys Ethernet Router ------>  Linksys Wireless Router ---->  Laptop

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.
    Friday, May 09, 2008 7:34 PM
  • In Adress to KW-AdamH's post..

     

    The Ideal wireless setup shld be this way..

     

    ISP/DSL>>> Modem>>>Wireless Router>>>>NB(Note Book)

     

    Now There are some routers in the market which have a built in modem. Eg 2Wire.

    Now As far as your wireless issue is concerned, it has been a major issue and acause of uproar with vista users..

     

    There are a copule of things that I would like you to check first..

    Which wireless card u have in the NB?

    Check in device manager.. if your wireless card is detected under network adapters.. And if there is any unidentified devices with yellow mark.

    Check if your wireless button in the front is blue...

    Coz, DV 6000s are known to have this issue.. specially NBs manufactured with IntelPro and BroadCom Wireless Cards.

    I can tell you this coz, I am an Hewlett Packerd Employee.

    So If u see the card not to be there, immidiately call your support line.. Coz Its definately HW issue..

    If That Seems to Be OK, Then Your Problem is one of the vista Issues that Millions across the globe are facing..

    I had the "Access Local Only" problem on my system too..

    Now here are a few things u can try after instaling and uninstalling every things..

    Go to the Link.. http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/welcome.html#Support

     

    Check the product num P/N No. from the bottom of your NB.. Select Vista in the nxt page..

    Update the network drivers, chipset drivers, and BIOS(Pls follow the instructions carefully for this)..

    Then keep your router in B & G mode..

    If you have a Statis IP, Disable IP V6..

    Select B&G in the wireless card properties too.. Make sure the Chnnel Number in your wireless card properties and router page are the same.. Preferrably 6,9 or 11. Make sure the MAC Filtering is disabled.( Do this by hooking up with cable)

    IF nnothing works, then since your Nb is brand New, You can try doing a complete recovery on your NB.

    You will have to press F11 at startup.. select advanced options >>> system recovery>>>Next.

     

    Let Me knw if you require any thing else..

    Saturday, May 10, 2008 8:19 PM
  • Thanks Shad0wFax, actually I forgot too include my Webstar Modem after the DSL. Anyway my HP looks fine it was actually my Static DNS setup up on my router.  I did do all those thing by the way, which I think helped. I got my NB Local and Internet.

    This works:  DSL >>> Modem >>> Wireless Router >>> NB PC

    Only thing is, I cant leave it like this because of the other computer are not wireless and need the ethernet router. Is there anyway I can run my wireless through the ethenet router? Or is there a device that can make 2 hookups to my modem without going through a lan router? Has anyone ever tried it before, im just trying to extend the reach of my wireless service and locate my wireless router somewhere accesible.

    Im able to get Local only when running throught the other router.

    DSL --- Modem ---- Ethernet Router ---- Wireless ---- NB

    But needless to say I'm able to get online thanks.
    Monday, May 12, 2008 2:24 AM
  •  

    So i had the problem but i worked out a solution with first making the wired connection and wireless connection working seperately

     

    Go to the manage network connections and see that none of the two wireless or wired adapter is being shared

     

    then select both these and rightclick and select bridge connections

     

    Your internet will start to work on your laptop

     

    but  onemore advice set the ip of the network wireless adapter in desktop pc as 192.168.0.1(before bridging) and let the it be automatic in your laptop. this will connect the network fast.

     

     

    I have successfully ran internet on my laptop with this way but i cant see on laptop the files that i have shared on my desktop pc    but i can access my laptop shared files on desktop easily  (i m working on this, this isnt a big problem as this has occurred to me while connecting vista and xp via wire)

     

     

    Well before applying the above procedures make sure you havent made and abnormal changes regarding your wireless adapter settings if you have done make them to defaults

     

    And if this wont work try to turn off firewall on both the computers (widows firewall + external e.g mcafee)

     

    Note my scenario is like this

     

    Desktop Pc = XP = Connected to internet via broadband router + ethernet modem (both in one)

    laptop = vista = connected to desktop via ad-hoc wireless connection
    • Proposed as answer by Totem13 Tuesday, June 23, 2009 5:27 AM
    Monday, May 12, 2008 12:30 PM
  •  

    I, like the rest of us, have the same problem although my problem also exists when I use a wired connection.

     

    My setup is :

     

    Router --> Watchguard Firewall --> Switch --> Wired

     

    we also have wireless from the wireless Firewall, this way we can choose which to use.

     

    I get Local Only on wired or Wireless.

     

    Looks like i am going to have to go back to XP.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008 12:54 PM
  • I have seen this problem on several laptops at several locations with different configurations. When you first initiate a "new" connection with the network adapter Vista asks if the this home, work or public and if you chose Home or work, then it labels as safe and connects to internet.

     

    I am writing on a laptop that I restored factory settings and still couldn't connect untill I went to another location and connected to their network and I got the question of what type of netwrok, I chose Work (Private) and it connected without any issues.

     

    There has to be a way in Visat to change the LOCAL ONLY to LOCAL AND INTERNET.

     

    Does anyone knows how to change that or maybe reinitiate the wizard where Visat asks to what kind of network is this?

     

     

     

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 12:28 AM
  • I replied to another thread on how I finally got my Vista 64 to connect to my wireless successfully. This was a solution for me, hopefully it would work with someone else too.

    I recently just purchased a new HP Pavilion notebook with Vista 64 installed and had problems connecting to my home wireless network with a Linksys WRT54G. I got many errors, including "wireless association failed due to an unknown reason", problem still exists, etc., and then sometimes would connect but only be local access and/or limited connectivity.

    After much researching, here are some things I tried after reading many solutions:
    Updated driver for my Broadcom adapater
    Updated firmware for my router
    Tried to set static IP address
    Disabled the Norton *** that was preinstalled
    Made exceptions to my Windows Firewall for anything networking and routing related
    Edited my registry according to this Microsoft solution: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us

    But, ultimately the thing that worked was to set my router to only broadcast in G, and I changed it to broadcast in channel 11 from channel 6. It may have been a combination of things I previously tried or just the simple thing of changing it to G-only and changing the channel. Who knows. At least it works... for now. *fingers crossed*

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 4:35 PM
  • I am going to try this suggestion in the registry from a few entries back in this forum.
    In regedit, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\(your wireless network adapter).  Set DWORD DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag to 0


    I am reading this and other forums hoping the problem was with a Linksys router, but it appears all brands of routers are affected.  Both wired and wireless have the same "Access: Local Only" problem, so it is nothing to do with being B+G, B only or G only WiFi.  I know XP with SP2 didn't work with WEP, so I am using WPA-2 (which didn't help) and now WPA.


    The possible solution, as was also stated in this forum a few entries back is to be able to clear all stored settings re connections and start again (without reinstalling Vista). 


    Yes, the latest patches are installed - through a neighbouring unsecured WiFi network - yet this same Vista laptop won't connect to required (and business owned) Linksys router wired or wirelessly!!!  Of course the other XP machines in the office all connect flawlessly through WiFi to the same router.


    A search in Google for the words "vista access local only" shows this issue goes back more than 6 months, yet I am surprised that Microsoft has not responded properly with a solution.  Shame on you Micro$oft!!!    A small business should not have to upgrade all it WiFi's (and wired) access points just because the one new PC is running on Vista.


    I am a self-employed IT contractor, and struggling to keep my house away from the bank.  This has cost me 3 working days which I cannot afford - and I wont be able to charge my client.  If any lawyer is thinking of a class action suite, please count me in.


    skris88

    email:  skris88@gmail.com







    Thursday, May 15, 2008 1:54 PM
  • I've got same problem, DELL LATITUDE 120L, VISTA ULTIMATE SP1, BROADCOM 802.11 card, & Belkin 54g router, however last night i manage to connect it to the internet by trying different solution provided by this thread.

     

    Things that i've done :

     

    1. Check my antivirus firewall if its blocking my wireless connection(I found it sets to INBOUND ONLY, change it to FULLY ALLOWED)

    2. Check windows firewall is not blocking it as well.

    3. I used static ip rather than dynamic, cause when i type IPCONFIG /ALL under dynamic it shows that my wireless ip is out of range on my router ip addresses, that's the reason why it can't connect on it. That's why i set it to static.

    4. I disable the ethernet connection.

    4. Remove other network connection available on my laptop. CONNECTION SUCCESS!

     

    It can detect my WLAN straight on without any problem. I turn off my wireless card and off for several times and found no more problem. I turned off my computer and on again and it connect on my WLAN straight away. The only problem is its quite a bit slow, but the connection never drops. Does anyone knows what i've missing? that makes my connection slows down? Any help i appreciate.. Thanks...

     

     

    Sunday, May 18, 2008 6:27 PM
  • I think i finally solve my problem. After configuring my pc to static address, and configure my router not to broadcast DHCP(manual assigning of ip on each device) which later i've faced problem on my other wifi enabled device aside from having slow connection. My final decision, reset my router to factory default and change all of my wifi enabled device including my laptop to AUTOMATICALLY OBTAINED IP but leave all of MS Hotfix settings that i modified untouch at the end my connection are perfect and everything are back to normal like i'm using my old pc under windows xp. By the way i set different name on each network adapter. Hope this experience of mine help others facing difficulties on wireless network using VISTA... Thanks to all!
    Monday, May 19, 2008 11:03 PM
  • Right here i'am again, back to drawing board because my machine respond weird again. But this time definitely things will work forever for me. I found out that my wifi card(broadcom) is not properly working. I test a usb wireless, works perfect! I borrowed my friends laptop wifi card, brilliant response! Solution, need to change my wifi card. Bought a new one pre-n MIMO, waiting to be deliver. I'll let everyone knows what will happen next... Definitely i'm really surfing in lightning speed.. ABOVE and BEYOND..
    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:54 PM
  • CAUSE:
    The presence of a firewall, in my case ZoneAlarm.


    SOLUTION:
    Totally uninstall the custom firewall, turn the Windows Vista Firewall on.  Solved the problem.

    QUIRKS:
    The red "X" still shows up (Local Only) once in a while between "Network Name" and "Internet", but has no effect on connectivity.  The name of the network changes (oh brother!) from the actual name, to linksys, to unknown network randomly (!).

    ANTI VIRUS:
    Avast anti virus present and working fine.



    ANALYSIS:
    It is 3rd party security tools which cause this. Uninstall 3rd party security tools one by one until the internet conn. works without interruption.

    americangoy


    Sunday, June 01, 2008 1:51 PM
  • The key to this "solution" is the phrase, "in my case." I'm glad your solution worked for you but in MY case, I am not running a third party firewall. I have stripped my OS down to the basic Windows Vista Home with no other software installed, not even an anti-virus.

     

    I cannot connect to the internet using the wireless capabilities of my brand new laptop. Vista happily connects to my router but stops there, giving me local acess only.

     

    We've installed and uninstalled THREE diferent routers, two G series and one N series and it's made zero difference.

     

    I am so frustrated as the sole purpose of purchasing the laptop was to be able to get on line wirelessly. At least laptop prices have dropped to the point where I've thrown away $500 instead of $1500.

     

    And I cuda bought a MAC.

     

     

    Sunday, June 01, 2008 4:55 PM


  • If anyone's wants help on the issue, i'll be glad to help

    you can contact meet me online on msn msngr   05-june-2008  8:00pm GMT

    asadlarik3@hotmail.com

    I am using my laptop to wirelwssly connect to my desktop which is connected to the router via cable

    my desktop is xp and laptop is vista

    ultimately i am using internet on my laptop by bridging connections in the desktop cpmputer


    Thursday, June 05, 2008 12:18 PM
  • If anyone's wants help on the issue, i'll be glad to help

    you can contact meet me online on msn msngr   05-june-2008  8:00pm GMT

    asadlarik3@hotmail.com

    I am using my laptop to wirelessly connect to my desktop which is connected to the router via cable

    my desktop is xp and laptop is vista

    ultimately i am using internet on my laptop by bridging connections in the desktop computer
    Thursday, June 05, 2008 12:21 PM
  • Just to add another case to this issue.

     

    The problem arose when I installed SP1 for Vista. Firstly I disabled my VMWARE adapters and that seemed to solve the issue but only for 10 mins.

     

    I tried several of the suggestions in the thread but none seemed to work. Although manually entering the IPv4 settings almost did the trick. But I had no dns servers available, and using OpenDNS didn't work.

     

    I solved the problem permanently - I hope - by uninstalling ZoneAlarm and enabling the Windows Firewall. I then reinstalled ZoneAlarm and my Wireless Internet connection still works!!

     

    I use AVG Antivirus and Ad-aware but they weren't causing any problems.

     

    The wireless router is D-Link 624+

     

    Good luck to all of you trying to cope with this annoying error;-) Personally I think M$ should have responded with patches much sooner than they have...or haven't yet??

     

    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 7:05 PM
  • THE SOLUTION

    http://norton-removal-tool.softonic.com/       


    NORTON REMOVAL TOOL...     RUN IT ... AND BE HAPPY.



    hello wolrd!!
    Sunday, June 29, 2008 3:54 AM
  •  CrystalChic wrote:


     

    WHAT A WASTE OF OUR TIME & OUR $$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    So after purchasing, what we think & hope, is a wonderful brand new computer, and probably buying it because we are aggravated and annoyed from our other/older computer(s)....we end up finding out that what we really bought was nothing but a headache, a time waster, and an expen$ive, supposedly "high tech"computer that's greatest asset is to aggravate, frustrate, & annoy us.  And remember, we gave our $ for this.  So, in essence, we didn't just give our $ away, we purchase DEFECTIVE MERCHANDISE.

     

    MICROSOFT SHOULD RECALL ALL COMPUTERS/LAPTOP COMPUTERS WITH VISTA + GIVE US FREE TECH SUPPORT + THE OPTION OF SWITCHING TO WINDOWS XP.  THAT WOULD BE FAIR & MAYBE RESTORE SOME OF OUR FAITH IN MICROSOFT.  I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WAY THINGS WORKED WHEN ANY COMPANY MANUFACTURED & SOLD DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS TO THE CONSUMER.

     



    I'm using a Gateway ML-3109, 2g ram, Vista Home Basic and a Realtek 8185 wireless adapter. The wireless driver that shipped with the laptop has been updated now I think 5x with "upgrades" from Windows update. None of the new drivers have solved the problem of poor wireless connection speeds, random connection drops, losing the wireless connection when awakening from "sleep" and poor signal strength readings even 3' from the router! I went so far as upgrading the router firmware to dd-wrt so that I could overclock the router and crank up the router's transmitter output. Didn't help. VISTA really stinks! While Realtek may be partially responsible for the buggy drivers I've had so many other VISTA challenges that I am ready to wipe all my vista machines (1 desktop and 4 laptops) in favor of Debian. Can't afford to buy six new Apples unless I sell my car. Almost to that point.


    Tuesday, July 01, 2008 6:23 AM
  • Same problem here-- 3 week old laptop running Vista 32. It was connecting to wireless fine, then just stopped dead,
    no software installed, settings changed or firewalls running etc. it worked - then it dident. Ehxausted all suggested options of solutions provided my Microsoft tech etc..

    I have been a loyal customer of Microsoft products for 20 years..
    I am fed up of the bugs and lack of support.
    Today I bit the bullet..
    I went out and purchased my first Mac.

    Saturday, July 19, 2008 8:39 PM
  • July 20th update:

    After upgrading my Linksys wrt54gs firmware to dd-wrt v.24, my ML-3109 laptop's realtek 8185 wireless connection does seem to be more stable but still fails after the computer goes to sleep. I have tweaked the power management settings in device manager to no avail. When the laptop awakens, the wireless connection is there for about 15 seconds then is dropped. "Repair" doesn't work. Pathetic. I should not have to reboot the PC. The whole idea of "sleep" is for the darn thing to wake up in the exact same state as when it dozed off.

    A little off topic but still Microsoft - since the dd-wrt upgrade my son reports his xbox 360 has to be re-configured now evertime he turns the xbox off and back on again. It doesn't remember settings. I know, I know - different forum. It's just annoying that an IT professional such as myself has to spend the better part of his days off trying to keep his mostly Microsoft home network afloat. Good thing the kids aren't in school right now and there are no school projects looming.

    Finally got my Son to go for a dual boot XP-Kanotix installation. His previous XP install had become seriously infected it was unsalvageable.

    Yeah Microsoft! Another lost customer!



    Monday, July 21, 2008 4:56 AM
  • I have tried everything and am wiling to try anything. I have already had to restore my computer back to factory setting three times which works for a few months and then all of a sudden it stops working again. I have also done the Norton and Macafee removal tool, and reset my internet settings. I just don't know what else to do. Has anyone found a perm solutions?

     

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 4:18 PM
  • I had the same problem as everyone. The fault is not with your router, anti virus program, or windows well sort of not. The reason why you are having connection problems is that your ethernet port doesn't have drivers which will allow it to work on vista.  It took me quite some time to figure this out. If you cant find vista compatible driver than you can do one of two things.  buy a pci ethernet Lan card that is vista compatible or buy a motherboard that has vista compatible Lan drivers.  The latter is much more expensive. I hope I helped you out.
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:27 AM
  •  Jkmatt wrote:
    I had the same problem as everyone. The fault is not with your router, anti virus program, or windows well sort of not. The reason why you are having connection problems is that your ethernet port doesn't have drivers which will allow it to work on vista.  It took me quite some time to figure this out. If you cant find vista compatible driver than you can do one of two things.  buy a pci ethernet Lan card that is vista compatible or buy a motherboard that has vista compatible Lan drivers.  The latter is much more expensive. I hope I helped you out.

     

    Thanks for the suggestion. Which route did you end up going?

    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 3:03 PM
  • ANOTHER SOLUTION:

    OK, After having the same problem myself with wireless access only on a brand new laptop with Vista installed.
    I had tried every suggestion in this thread and more to no avail I installed hotfixes etc ... still dident work.
     
    Here is what eventually did work for me:

    In my wireless routers setting menu - the one you can access by typing the modems IP address into the browser
    (It will show you what the IP number to enter is in the routers manual, if you are unsure)
    Anyway..There was an option to 'Restore Default Settings' I was reluctant to try it as I hadent changed anything
    and dident think it would have any effect but figured there was nothing whatsoever to lose so I did and low and behold I am now back online again after being on a limitied/local only connection for 6 weeks.

    I spent countless hours on the phone to tech support and over 100 hours trying to sort this problem,
    I realise that it seems one solution isent the same for us all, but hope this at least helps someone else.



    Monday, July 28, 2008 8:40 PM
  • Enjoy the access while you have it. It won't last long.

    I have a brand new laptop with Vista Home installed. It will connect Local and Internet for days at a time and then, for no reason at all, simply stop connecting. I still turn it on, every day, hoping it will start to work again and eventually it will - for a while but I know as I know my own name that it won't last for long.

    What really toasts my bread is that I can get in my car, drive down the highway and sit outside a local hotel and connect to their internet connection just fine.

    I'm now on my third router - a Lynksys this time - but the problem continues.

    My husband also connects to our internet service via the wireless router and he has no problems what-so-ever. Of course, he's on a MAC, not a PC. I think that's the final solution to this vexing problem.

    Connie Schachel - online by virtue of having yet a third computer hardwired into the wireless router.
    Monday, July 28, 2008 9:28 PM
  • Well it's been running fine for a week now - fingers crossed. But if it happens to go *** up  again, I'm glad I now know the steps to perform to get me back online again. Before performing this simple step. I had literally tried everything, static IP, disabling IPV4/6, ipconfig renew, system restore, driver- re installation,  disabling network security, SP1 update..The list go's on...

    Like I say, it won't be everyones solution, as they all tend to respond to different remedies which makes this problem even more annoying to diagnose than it already is - but it's certainly worth performing as it only takes a second and it's often the simple things that get over looked in the midst of re-installing windows...etc..

    I am not sure whether the hard reset button at the back of the router performs the same reset as the one that is accessible via the IP configuration page, so it may be best to use the IP method to 'restore default settings' as appose to just pressing the reset button on the back of the router.
    Monday, July 28, 2008 11:32 PM
  • Hello all,

     

    Im Guido from Holland and i am having problems connecting to my router too. Here's my setting:

     

    DSL -> Zyxel Modem (which is de DHCP server in my lan) -> Linksys switch -> Linksys WAG54G V2.0 wireless router.

     

    In the switch there are a couple computers (Vista, XP, Linux) plugged in which have no problems going online.

     

    I recently bought a BTO Notebook which has a Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG Wireless network card onboard. This is the case:

     

    • When setting the router to none encryption nor authentication i can connect to the router, but i get the Local Access only error. I've been reading this thread from post 1 to the last and tried all the given possible solutions. Nothing works for me. Ive been trying all of the channels i can set, none works. Even in some channels he cannot even find the network. And sometimes he is trying to connect and after 2 minutes it says this is taking longer then normal, to not even connect at all. Try again a few times and it works.
    • When setting the router to WPA Security, i cannot even connect to my router. It prompts me for my passkey, i give the correct key and after trying to connect, it prompts again for the correct passkey. That goes on infinitly.

    Trying to analyse the problem and find the cause. After reading this thread im starting to get the feeling the problem is (ofcourse Windows Vista but im happy with it for the parts that do work, for instance DirectX 10) the combination between Vista and the Intel Pro/Wireless network card (a collegue tried to connect to my router with a Vista laptop and that looks to work fine. He only tried to connect to the router with WPA though). So my conclusion of that could be, its not my router or the settings in my router. I updated the drivers of my Wireless card and fully updated Vista including SP1, still the problems occur. I never encountered a problem which i couldnt solve, this is starting to look more and more to become the first one...

     

    I didnt buy my NB to always have to get a wire from my switch to my laptop. Im starting to consider downgrading to XP which always is my last resort. Please Microsoft, come with a solution for this. To many hours have been spent in this one...

     

    Kind regards,

     

     

    Guido

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 8:58 AM
  • Ok i got at least 1 step further. In Device manager goto the properties of you wireless network controller. Play some with these settings, i set Wireless Mode to Value 3. 802.11g and suddenly i had Local & internet access. After turning off the radio and turning it back on it only gave local only. Almost... i have a good feeling about this...

     

    Anyone tried this before?

     

    Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:16 PM
  • well im noot totallt regreting my new system. cause i do love my new dell 1525 but i am wishing i could have had xp insatalled instead of vista. the last dell i had ,just a year younger than this one running xp, and i never had to plug it into anything or plug anything into it! all i did was turn it on and and go to my network and man i  signal  like you you would  not belive. but not here i guess. so now im going to purchace a pocket router for 39.99 i guess thats the only way ill be able to  leave the house on a budget. oh well, other wise i  ike vista its fast and kinda cool. and if i ever dont like it i think i could alwayd down grade. but not for 700.00. pocket router unless you live in the sticks i hear thats the way to go. connor

     

    Saturday, August 02, 2008 2:22 PM
  • Thank you for posting this solution - I wasted 3 days struggling with this problem until I read this post - Norton can be very sloppy, and it destroyed my internet capabilities after removing it.

    Wednesday, August 06, 2008 4:55 PM
  •  ITProf wrote:

    I had the same "Local only" access problems with my Vista Home Premium, but it is now working fine after several days of trying various things including suggestions in this forum thread.  The problem started for me when I uninstalled Norton Security 2007 to install a competitor's product.  I got tired of Norton Internet Security's flaky issues with Vista, like LiveUpdate failing to download updated virus defs.  I used "Programs and Features" from the Control Panel to uninstall Norton IS, which seemed to go smoothly--I saw no errors, and when I returned to Programs and Features, the product was removed from the list.  However, after installing the competitor product (a top pick in Sept 2007's Consumer Reports), I was locked into "Local only" access for both my wireless and wired connection.

     

    What finally worked was the recommendation 4 days later from the new security vendor's support organization:

     

    I have checked the system information log you sent us and found that you still have components of Norton on the computer. This could be the cause of the problem.

     

    Kindly run the Norton uninstall to remove the remaining components of it.

     

    For the instructions on how to download and run the Norton uninstaller, please click on this link:
    http://esupport.trendmicro.com/support/viewxml.do?ContentID=EN-1034185&id=EN-1034185

     

    You need this Norton Removal Tool to fully uninstall the product.  I soon as I ran it, my connection went back to "Local and Internet."  Hope this might help some in this forum who had the same issue due to a firewall/security product that perhaps they tried to uninstall or remove but registry entries and other traces of the product still left hooks in Vista that prevented the system from connecting to the internet.

     

    --ITProf

    Do this!!

    I ran this on a brand new laptop that had, what I thought, no Norton software on it, and apparently there was something that was clogging the pipes... I ran the removal tool, and everything is working now!
    Thursday, August 07, 2008 5:02 PM

  • I've also had this problem and I hope Microsoft are working to fix this bug!

    I've had one laptop running Vista Home Premium for around 4 months with no issues (much to my surprise), but another laptop delivered last week connected wirelessly to my home network for a couple of days and then abruptly stopped and nothing could shift it from the old 'local access only' connection. Connecting to a wired network at my office also would only yield local access - though bizarrely every now and then I'd get full Internet connection without actually doing anything.

    I went through every suggestion from numerous forums, updated drivers, disabled ipv6, plugged in IP settings, disabled firewalls and most of the other security etc etc all to no avail.

    Then one day I downloaded Mandriva Linux One to a CD, popped that in the troublesome laptop and rebooted. Within SECONDS of Mandriva Linux booting up it connected effortlessly to my wireless network and has done ever since.

    So, since MS seem incapable of solving this particular problem I'm solving it myself by taking Vista OFF all my computers and switching to Linux.
    Monday, August 11, 2008 3:18 PM
  •  scrubs121 wrote:
    ANOTHER SOLUTION:

    OK, After having the same problem myself with wireless access only on a brand new laptop with Vista installed.
    I had tried every suggestion in this thread and more to no avail I installed hotfixes etc ... still dident work.
     
    Here is what eventually did work for me:

    In my wireless routers setting menu - the one you can access by typing the modems IP address into the browser
    (It will show you what the IP number to enter is in the routers manual, if you are unsure)
    Anyway..There was an option to 'Restore Default Settings' I was reluctant to try it as I hadent changed anything
    and dident think it would have any effect but figured there was nothing whatsoever to lose so I did and low and behold I am now back online again after being on a limitied/local only connection for 6 weeks.

    I spent countless hours on the phone to tech support and over 100 hours trying to sort this problem,
    I realise that it seems one solution isent the same for us all, but hope this at least helps someone else.





    Yes.

    I struggled with the local access only -problem for several days, ever since I moved and got my self a brand new Siemens SE551 WLAN router. I also tried every trick in this theard, however stupid it sounded, to no avail.

    Then, on another thread, someone had changed network topology and solved the problem. Some other thread talked about incompatible DHCP servers in WLAN routers. These got me thinking ...

    I have an old HP ProCurve Access Point 420. I took that out of the box, set it up by connecting its LAN port to the Siemens router with a crossover cable and disabled the WLAN in the Siemens box. All the seurity and encryption settings were copied over from Siemens box and all my clients could connect to the HP box. Then I set up a DHCP server on my Windows 2003 Server and again, disabled DHCP in the Siemens box.

    Now the Siemens only acts as a router/firewall and doesn't provide any other services. Ever since my Vista have had stable Internet connection and all my VPN connections work as well.

    I think Vista has some issues with newer WLAN AP's ... just a hunch though Smile

    Hena
    Thursday, August 14, 2008 7:43 AM
  • Got a Dell laptopp "half a years ago" with Vista.

    Using the wireless at home or internet cafe never hap a problem... until~

    I tried to use it in an University wireless net work (free access to everyone and no limit.)

     

    Same old story:

    XP all worked fine what so ever... start looking for a solution on the web...

    After spending hours, and days, and weeks, months, trying all the suggestions...

    May I ask all of us look around here if any got the your problem solved?

     

    What I am surprised about is that, this post with the issues has passed it's anniversary here, look at date of the first post! (Congratulations?)

     

    OK don't tell me I am supposed to do something with the routers belong to school to make it work.

    It's not even funny anymore.

     

     

    Saturday, August 16, 2008 1:04 AM
  • I have been battling this issue on and off for 18 months on my Dell Latitude 820.  This happens on several networks, I have changed routers and various fixes posted here and on the internet.  I am at my wits end and ready to throw this 8 pound brick against the wall.  There are other people with the identical hardware SKU and OS and configuration that are able to connect without issue to the same wireless access point.  Any help or suggestions are appreciated.  There has to be someone from Microsoft that knows what this issue is and how to resolve.

    Thursday, August 28, 2008 2:57 PM
  • I have just moved out from home, to a mates place. I used to have a Netgear router + Netgear wireless cards in 3 PC's at my house and had no problems connecting with Windows 98/XP and Vista 32bit+64bit. Never any problems at all.

    My mate has a Belkin 54g and I set my stuff up, got the WEP key and added a profile into my wireless Netgear card and the connection started up with local only. I have ESET smart security which came up with a new network was found and I believe I was asked if I wanted to accept the connection etc which I would have said yes to. Still cannot get from Local only to Local and internet.

    This is really starting to bug me now as before at home I never had a problem connecting wirelessly to any of the Netgear routers that I have had in the past nor the one that's there now.

    I will be going home after work today to see if some of the suggestions here work (or atleast the ones I hadn't already tried anyways)

    I for some reason have a feeling it's to do with the firewall but I may be totally wrong as I have disabled the firewall and had no luck with that.

    Advice very much welcome!
    Monday, September 01, 2008 8:20 AM
  • 1st Solution (Works 100%)

    Un-install Vista

    Install Windows XP

     

     

    2nd Potential Solution (not permanent, but it fixes it for me)

    -Right click on the little wireless icon on the bottom right of the screen and select Network And Sharing Center

    -Then Click on Manage Network Connections

    -Then select the wireless connection and click diagnose, if it doesnt not fix it, then it should let you reset the network adapter. When you reset it, at least in my case it brings local and internet access back.

     

    Friday, September 12, 2008 2:10 AM
  • Cant believe that after a whole year M$ still havent even responded to the thread, and its on their own website.

     

    As with everyone else Im at the end of my tether with this issue. Tried all the fixes to no avail and am ready to give up and revert to XP. If I pay for something I expect it to work, wont be spending a dime on MS again.

    Friday, September 12, 2008 7:02 PM
  • MetaSamim,

    MAC filtering is a security feature of your router.  Turning it on allows only MAC addresses in a list manually put into your router to connect to it.  Apparently whatever network adapter you were using was not in the list, so now that you have disabled MAC filtering anyone will be able to connect to your router (if its wireless) unless you also use WEP or some other encryption.


    WHAT WORKED FOR ME:

    I tried all the suggestions here.  I was able to connect to the Internet via Ethernet through my router, but not wirelessly.  After struggling for almost a day (off & on) I noticed the MAC address for my wireless adapter was wrong when I opened the command prompt & did an ipconfig /all - it was all zeros except for the last pair of characters.  After searching through the adapter settings, driver details, etc., I stumbled across a wonderful,amazing FREE little program called 'MAC Address Changer' available at http://tmac.technitium.com/tmac/index.html. Luckily for me I use MAC filtering in my router so I knew what the address was supposed to be.  I changed it & it didn't work, but then I went back & clicked on 'Enable DHCP', rebooted & am now surfing successfully.  Perhaps it was a combination of disabling IPv6 & the wrong MAC addy, plus I've always used static IP's; I'm not sure.  If anyone has questions about specific settings feel free to reply.

    Hope this helps someone!
    Sunday, September 14, 2008 11:06 PM
  • Hi, Yesterday i woke my computer from sleep mode and to my surprise i had no internet connection, i checked the Network Connections and Network Sharing Center and instead of displaying my router name, it just said "Unidentified Network" and Access Local only.

    I rarely ever have my computer in sleep mode as i usually shut down if i know im away for 3 or so hours but this has never happened to me before. I did some research only but to only come up with a ton of work arounds and fixes and such which i have got lost in.

    I have Wndows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition OEM, i can connect fine to my router using my Netgear Wireless PCI Adapter WG311T, but when i use my Wired Connection all i get in Local Area Connection 1 & 2 is
    "Unidentified Network" i see that i am not the only person to have had this problem but i've spent the last day searching for answers to fix this problem or work around it so i can finally use my Wired Connection again.

    I have tried a couple of things that people said could work but to no avail.

    If i cannot get this fixed by next month then ill be re-installing vista and doing a system restore to get files back, hopefully that'll fix it. (i don't want to have to take this route)
    Monday, September 15, 2008 2:41 PM
  • I fixed It!

    I did everything suggested. But today I uninstalled Norton. I went to the control pannel / progams and selected Norton. Hit uninstall and then restarted.

    After the reload I had full internet access.

    Now I don't have virus protection so I am about to get AVG and download it from the net. It has a better reputation and it is free.

     

    Get rid of Norton Everybody!

     

     

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:05 AM
  • I have the same problem and have tried, with varying success, several of the methods suggested on this forum.  After carefully reading most of the 12 pages of suggestions and rants regarding this problem and I think I have some solutions of my own.

    Here are some incantations and ceremonial offerings that that I have tried which seem to work as well as, if not better than, those methods suggested here or anything that Microsoft has provided. I'll provide details since I'm not sure which variable makes the difference.

    Here goes ..

    1. Pruning tomatoes.  Time: 9:30am EST. Sept 19, 2008.  Weather sunny and 9C.   Tomatoes - Heirloom.  Duration: 20 minutes.  This successfully solved my most recent (and longest)  "local access only" problem that began at approximately 6pm last night.


    2. Accesssing the internet via my neighbor's unsecured wireless, logging into her router using the default passwords, and just browsing around for the *** of it.  Didn't change anything. (That would be bad!). Her router: DI-524.  Time: 11:30pm. Checked my email. Logged off and then back into my own wireless.  Worked great.  Successfully resolved a 20 minute outage. Neighbor remains unaware.


    3. Calling my sister on the phone. Time 2:15pm. Her location: New Jersey. Topic of conversation: kids, school, work, husbands. Neither the words Microsoft nor Vista were uttered. Length of phone call: 67 minutes.  Successfully resolved 3 hour outage. It was summer. Gibbous moon.

    4. Cooking Italian. Time 5:20pm. Duration: 75 minutes. Recipes: Pasta Carbinara (but I was out of ham..  I mention this only because it may be important) and Gorgonzola celery stalks (organic from the farmer's market). It was Wednesday. Weather partly cloudy (cumulus) and warm 22C.   Resolved a 40 minute outage.


    5. Making kids to their chores. Kids: 2 (boy 13, girl 15). Chores: bathroom, livingroom. Day: Saturday, 11:30am. Internet access was restored after the livingroom was vacuumed. Bathroom not quite completed. Grandma (71) was visiting. She's an Aries. I'm not.


    6. Staring at Network Sharing Center, clicking icons randomly, and uttering expletive-laden prayers for a positive and miraculous outcome. Approximate number of clicks: 347. Expletives launched directly at Microsoft: 79.  Beverage: Valpolicella Ripasso 2007. Quantity:  approx 4 (?) glasses.  Internet access restored  at some point during the 3rd glass, but I may have lost count. Sorry.


    ALSO --- THINGS TO AVOID THAT MAY CAUSE THE OUTTAGE

    In my experience (and in browsing this forum), the following behaviors have resulted in "local access only" issues. Since you can't avoid every single trigger, I'll just provide the most common and urge you strongly to avoid them:

    1. Using a browser to access the internet
    2. Accessing email or instant messages
    3. Using software
    4. Playing a game (either on the pc or on a console in the other room)
    5. Washing colors with whites
    6. Forwarding email to your entire address book
    7. Being oil-dependent
    8. Voting Republican
    9. Consuming bioengineered food.
    10. Thinking bad thoughts about Microsoft or Vista in particular.


    Hope this helps. Maybe you have other suggestions.


    Rosetta ~






    Friday, September 19, 2008 3:22 PM
  • Same problem here. I wish I bought a Mac.

     

     Rosetta Stone wrote:
    I have the same problem and have tried, with varying success, several of the methods suggested on this forum.  After carefully reading most of the 12 pages of suggestions and rants regarding this problem and I think I have some solutions of my own.

    Here are some incantations and ceremonial offerings that that I have tried which seem to work as well as, if not better than, those methods suggested here or anything that Microsoft has provided. I'll provide details since I'm not sure which variable makes the difference.

    Here goes ..

    1. Pruning tomatoes.  Time: 9:30am EST. Sept 19, 2008.  Weather sunny and 9C.   Tomatoes - Heirloom.  Duration: 20 minutes.  This successfully solved my most recent (and longest)  "local access only" problem that began at approximately 6pm last night.


    2. Accesssing the internet via my neighbor's unsecured wireless, logging into her router using the default passwords, and just browsing around for the *** of it.  Didn't change anything. (That would be bad!). Her router: DI-524.  Time: 11:30pm. Checked my email. Logged off and then back into my own wireless.  Worked great.  Successfully resolved a 20 minute outage. Neighbor remains unaware.


    3. Calling my sister on the phone. Time 2:15pm. Her location: New Jersey. Topic of conversation: kids, school, work, husbands. Neither the words Microsoft nor Vista were uttered. Length of phone call: 67 minutes.  Successfully resolved 3 hour outage. It was summer. Gibbous moon.

    4. Cooking Italian. Time 5:20pm. Duration: 75 minutes. Recipes: Pasta Carbinara (but I was out of ham..  I mention this only because it may be important) and Gorgonzola celery stalks (organic from the farmer's market). It was Wednesday. Weather partly cloudy (cumulus) and warm 22C.   Resolved a 40 minute outage.


    5. Making kids to their chores. Kids: 2 (boy 13, girl 15). Chores: bathroom, livingroom. Day: Saturday, 11:30am. Internet access was restored after the livingroom was vacuumed. Bathroom not quite completed. Grandma (71) was visiting. She's an Aries. I'm not.


    6. Staring at Network Sharing Center, clicking icons randomly, and uttering expletive-laden prayers for a positive and miraculous outcome. Approximate number of clicks: 347. Expletives launched directly at Microsoft: 79.  Beverage: Valpolicella Ripasso 2007. Quantity:  approx 4 (?) glasses.  Internet access restored  at some point during the 3rd glass, but I may have lost count. Sorry.


    ALSO --- THINGS TO AVOID THAT MAY CAUSE THE OUTTAGE

    In my experience (and in browsing this forum), the following behaviors have resulted in "local access only" issues. Since you can't avoid every single trigger, I'll just provide the most common and urge you strongly to avoid them:

    1. Using a browser to access the internet
    2. Accessing email or instant messages
    3. Using software
    4. Playing a game (either on the pc or on a console in the other room)
    5. Washing colors with whites
    6. Forwarding email to your entire address book
    7. Being oil-dependent
    8. Voting Republican
    9. Consuming bioengineered food.
    10. Thinking bad thoughts about Microsoft or Vista in particular.


    Hope this helps. Maybe you have other suggestions.


    Rosetta ~

    I love you!! hahahahaha
    Saturday, September 20, 2008 5:17 AM
  • I have been having this issue also, and have finally found something which works. After much troubleshooting the lower level network layer (I'm a Cisco guy), I discovered that the MAC (hardware) address assigned to the network card wasn't valid.

    Long story short, check in the advanced properties of your network adapter for a setting called "Network address". This is the unique hardware address assigned to the card. This is normally hardcoded on the card, but can be set by software. For some reason the automatic default MAC address on my card started with ed-0b-00 (Organisation ID), which doesn't seem valid. Hence devices on the network which need a valid MAC address were rejecting packets, e.g. the router. This was causing Vista to freak out because it couldn't talk to the router. What was weird is that Windows Server 2003 would communicate, but my XP PC wouldn't.

    To resolve this, run an ipconfig /all on your Vista PC, and check what the "Physical address" says. If it doesn't start with "00","02", or "08" then it is possibly wrong. You can set a valid Physical Address in the advanced adapter properties. I suggest you just use a valid address from another PC, and change the last 2 numbers.

    Worked for me.

    Mark
    • Proposed as answer by Pantsu-san Friday, April 24, 2009 3:32 PM
    Monday, September 22, 2008 6:12 AM
  • I've been having this problem ever since moving and changing to one of the BT Home Hub systems.

    Purchased a new wireless N network card and then exchanged it for a wireless N USB dongle....all failed.  Te only way that I could connect my Vista machine was by connecting through an old XP laptop.  It connected fine wirelessly then I used a cross-over cable to link my Vista machine to it.

    It all worked, dropping off occasionally so I got the local only problem, but in the main it was ok.

    However, when reading this post today I noticed that most people can connect old technology and not the new stuff in Vista - my Wii / Xbox 360 / Windows XP machine all connected...the only thing that wouldn't was my Vista machine.....so I thought lets try switching off some of the new stuff on Vista.....and it worked.

    All I have done is to switch IPv6 off, I haven't played with any more settings other than that and I'm connected.  Now I know loads of people will say they've done that and it hasn't worked.  But when you think logically, if old stuff works and new stuff doesn't then the problem has to be with the new technology that has been implemented....it's not the whole of Vista that's got the networking problem it's just the new stuff.

    I must add, I don agree that XP was superior in some ways, especially networking....but I remember when Win95 came, I thought that tooth and nail preferring DOS/Windows - but now I wouldn't think otherwise.  I would go to a Mac, but I have too much software for PC that the investment is prohibative.


    Monday, September 22, 2008 7:01 PM
  •  

    i had the same problem as everyone else here local conection only.i couldnt connect throught wi-fi on my vaio with vist to my linksys.after doing a lot of the stuff i read i decided to make a backup of the setting of the linksys router,after restore factory deafult and then again restore the backup and now its working,i will also like to add that i could connect to the internet  from my neigbhours wifi and with cable to my router as well.
    Monday, September 22, 2008 10:29 PM
  • This problem has been doing my head in for days - but now I've finally fixed my problem and thought I would share it.

     

    I've used XP for about 6 months with a Linksys WAG160N using WPA 2 Security and it's been flawless.  So I knew there was nothing wrong with my Wifi setup.  But Vista refused to connect no matter what I tried giving me the Local only problem and unidentified network.

     

    I tried all the disabling IPV6, hacking registry entries, netsh commands, different WAN setting security settings but got no where. 

     

    The solution was simple in the end - I have Windows Live OneCare - went to Change Settings and turned off Firewall protection.  Job done - I'm surfing again Smile

     

    I could probably tweak the settings so that I don't have to turn the Firewall off completly, but this problem has got me so close to throwing my pc out the window I'll live without it and rely on the one built into my router....

     

    So if you're having problems, try disabling your Antivirus/Firewall software to see if that resolves anything.  Hope this helps someone.

     

    FYI: I'm using Vista Home & SP1

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:50 PM
  • please don't yell at me....

    im using a mac book dual booting leopard and vista business x64 sp1. CRAZY I know but i need it for programming... proff. is a jerk...

    but anyways in leopard both my home WPA and the schools unsecured wireless network connect to the internet fine butttttt

    with vista only my home wpa will connect to the internet. When using the schools network I get a private IP, local connection only with the computer in the taskbar without the globe Sad

    does anyone or microsoft have any definate fixes for this yet? I've seen alot of speculation in this fourm but not much else so any help?

    thank you
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008 2:30 AM
  • I've just edited this post because within 2 hours of posting about my woes of not being able to connect to the internet at all, I managed to fix the problem!

    It turns out that it was a very slight mis-configuration in my wireless bridging setup. Why the other PCs and notebooks etc on my network didn't pick it up I don't know but they're still all working fine so no worries there!

    Basically, VIsta had assocciated the wrong MAC address to the gateway IP of the network. It was actually routing packets to the bridge Router which of course, wasn't able to connect to the internet directly through it's WAN port. So it was returning errors.

    As soon as I set the bridge's static WAN ip to the ip address of the gateway router, my globe magically appeared in Vista networking and the world was sane again.

    I just wanted to post back in case this helps anyone - I know I've struggled with this for the past week or so and all it took was for 1 digit to change in one place to fix it.
    Friday, September 26, 2008 1:13 PM
  • Hi ITProf,

    It Really Work to total uninstall Norton!

    Thanks!

    Walter

    Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:33 AM
  • Sweet message Rosetta!  Thats about the gist of it too.  I really dont know how Microsoft is getting away with this.  Its kind of like that Disney movie "Bugs Life"... and the ants just let the grasshoppers push them around.  And finally the ants realize that they have the numbers in thier favor and (more importantly) get the balls to attack!  Thanks for making my evening Rosetta!  You ROCK!!!

     

    Late...

     

    CLINT

    Sunday, October 05, 2008 5:21 AM
  • I agree with you my friend... and it seems that we are the only two. 

     

     

    PLEASE EVERYONE WATCH THE DISNEY MOVIE "BUGS LIFE"

     

    I think we (the consumers) should attack!!!  The Government is owned by Gates too!!!

     

    Late...

     

    CLINT

    Sunday, October 05, 2008 6:40 AM
  • My machine (new): HP laptop tv2500 with AMD 64 bit, NetGear WNDR3300 (upgraded for Windows Media Center Extender), wireless adapter Broadcom 802.11 b/g, I also have HP MediaSmart to view media files thru HDTV.

    Programs: Norton virus (trial 90 days), Windows Vista Home Premium (with SP1), Comcast internet

     

    Issue:

    (1) Globe symbol (for internet) disappear and appear on/off for suddenly for first 2 weeks after purchasing new PC. Usually it happened for 10-15 min. Then it gets longer during 'weekends'. Yeah, I saw other postings - someone said it seems like 'Local Only Issue' happends more during weekends.

    (2) About 3 weeks later, Globeless time gets longer. 5-6 hours. Then 1 month later, it is totally 'globeless' and it appear as 'Local Only'.

    (3) Week 4. Able to use neighbor's wireless network. My other laptop (company's) is still connected to my own home wireless network and had an access to internet. Weird!

    (4) Week 5. 'Globeless' for both laptops. No internet at all for both machines. Personal laptop can't even connect to internet with neighbor's wireless network.  Company laptop still can 'communicate' to internet via neighbor's wireless network. Both laptops were showing 'Local Only'

    (5) From this point, I tried all kind of tricks and tips on this forum. I even faced worst problems like 'no local connection, no internet connection' while trying some of suggested solutions.

     

    Tried:

    (1) Uninstalled Norton virus (trial version). When I uninstall, I remember that I clicked on 'delete all quarantined items'. I suspect this was the reason why I faced harder problem later. Maybe not. Anyway, I am a finance person, not techy at all.  Still 'Local Only'.

    (2) Tried Static IP. Tried disabling Iv6. No avail.

    (3) Performed cmd.exe and checked MAC address.and cross checked with wireless router and adapter. No avail.

    (4) Checked internet and ensure my wireless adapter and my wireless router are both Vista compatible. Upgrated drivers too but no avail

    (5) Disable wireless adapter - reboot laptop -enable adapter. No avail

    (6) Went to 'systems and maintanance>Windows update'. I noticed a green check box with 'windows is up to date'. But there was something else underneath. There was a link with a description saying 'review for update' (or something like that). Clicked the link and I saw 30 or  50 items were in the 'queue' for my approval/acceptance. I clicked 'ok'. Then all of them were installed. I guess some are related to my adapter or router etc. Somehow it's related to 'Local Only' issue. Still no internet

    (7) I explored few more options and I even brought my machine to my company to check wireless adapter. IT WORKED FINE. So I confirmed the issue is something to do with my home wireless network. Came home. Stragely I couldn't connect to neighbor's wireless network again.

    (8) Tried (6) again then I reinstalled NetGear WNDR3300 wireless router, step by step as per the exact instruction in the manual.

    (9) Voila, it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (10) My suggestion is combination of (6) and (8). And you must follow the exact instruction for (8), Actually I performed (8) two times. On my first attempt, I didn't bother turning on/off modem and router in the sequence in the manual. Then I failed. On my second attempt, I performed the exact steps.  Then my GLOBE was back alive!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Hope this helps everyone. FYI, I am working in finance line and I have no IT background whatsoever. I enjoyed 'searching for cure' in this forum Wink Good luck to you all!

    Thursday, October 09, 2008 4:29 AM
  • I've been reading these posts and similar ones for almost a year. I've been so frustrated.

    Briefly:

    Netgear WPN824 router (version 1 - this is very important) used wirelessly and with Ethernet

    One XP laptop computer (three years old)
    Newer Vista laptop computer (one year old)

    XP has no problem getting connected. But the Vista machine has had problems from day one. After resuming from sleep, I'd lose the Internet connection almost every time either immediately or after about one minute. It would say "Unidentified Network" or "Access: Local Only."

    I'd do a Diagnose and Repair, or I'd reset the network adapter, or finally I might have to reboot. It made no difference if the Vista machine was connected directly or connected wirelessly.

    I figured it was just Vista's annoying increased security measures that was making it so difficult to resume a connection after the machine had been in sleep mode. It was not a constant problem, but happened at least several times every week. I wanted to throw the new computer out the window.

    WELL, I FINALLY FOUND THE SOLUTION!! EVERYONE: TAKE NOTE:


    I bought a new router!!!

    My Netgear router, because it was not Vista compatible, was the problem! A few days ago I bought a new, highly recommened D-Link DIR-655 router based on many users' opinions. I decided in advance that if it didn't solve the problem, I was simply going to return it to Amazon for a full refund.

    However: From the moment I set up the new router, my connection problems completely disappeared. 100% gone. Forever.

    ADVICE: Put up with the connection hassles by keeping your current router or spend a few bucks to eleminate the Vista connectivity problem forever. Why did I wait so long?
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008 5:50 PM
  • Well, I found something odd with a friend's laptop (Asus, Vista Home Premium).  He had the exact same problems (local access only), so I had him check the details of his wireless connection and found that when he had his wireless adapter to Automatically Obtain IP Address, his DHCP server and DNS server IP's were different - when they should have been the same, as he is on his home wireless network (192.168.xxx.xxx).  I had him manually configure his IP Address / Subnet mask, and made the Gateway and DNS server have the same IP and that fixed the problem.  I know there's 12 pages on this, so I haven't read every post - but if anyone is still having this problem, try this out!
    Monday, October 27, 2008 11:30 PM
  •  

    My son's friend brought his laptop into me, totally frustrated trying to obtain a wireless connection to my router. 

    Same problem - only local access.  After hours of playing with the network connections, I finally simply went into the connection properties, then clicked on and installed the LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery) protocols.  They were checked, so looked deceivingly active, but click on them, click on install, and install the protocols.  Worked like a dream for me, and the boy was thrilled he could download the patches for his game (only dial-up at his home).  Hope this helps some out.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008 11:55 PM
  • Ok, I just wrote a full length answer how to fix this!

     

    Basically change the power settings (clicking the battery or control panel > power options) to high performance.

     

    I just tested this and it worked, changed it back again, it still said I was connected, so I thought ok, went to post the info and I/E crashed, No data flow ! How poor is that!! Gutted

     

    In vista changing the power options will give you better wireless distance, better quality of data (less ECC and CRC) and stronger signal (which results in better distance).

     

    So for me, ive found the holy grail !

     

    Dan!

     

    Thursday, October 30, 2008 6:29 PM
  • I've had this problem and I think I fixed my issue. This may or may not work for you. If it doesn't work, just change it back.

    Go into "Network Connections"
    Right click your "Wireless Network Connection" and click properties
    Click continue at the pop up
    You should now be looking at "Wireless Network Connection Properties"
    Click "configure" in the upper right hand corner
    Go to the "advanced" tab
    Go down to network type. If "infrastructure" is selected, change it to "ad-hoc".
    Network will disconnect and then re-connect. My globe came right up.

    Hope this helps.
    Saturday, November 01, 2008 2:26 PM
  • I've had my new laptop for two months and have been dealing with issue for the last 4 weeks.  I could kick myself for not getting a Mac.  I've browsed numerous forums trying to resolve this issues wasting many hours.  The removal of norton, ipconfig/renew, turning off ipv6, the microsoft support recommendations (the Dhcp and power management), contacting my internet service provider, entering the IP manually and numerous other possible solutions have not worked.  From what I have read this is a common issue that has been occuring for over a year with this product that has no real solution. In the last week or so, not just my home is getting "local acces" or unidentified network, but three other networks I tried to connect to are not working.

    The only solution I have not tried, is getting a new router, but I can't very well get a new router for the local coffee shop, my friends house and a local bar.(yes, this issue has driven me to drink).  I now cannot gain any internet access from my what is now a glorified typewriter that can play music.  I've run system restore twice in the past couple weeks to see if going back to the original settings prior to having the problem helps but, that has not worked either.

    I am beyond frustrated with this issue and the hours I have wasted attempting to resolve it.  I feel as though I'm down to two possible solutions, find a copy of XP to download onto my system, but I'll be ******** after this if I'm going to spend more money on Microsoft or just sell the thing and use the money recouped to put towards a Mac.

    Anyone have any other possible solutions other than the ones I've already tried before I toss it against a wall and sell it for scrap?



    Tuesday, November 04, 2008 7:36 PM
  • This is not limited to wireless connections. I have several computers running Vista, two of which connect using wireless and one with a wired connection. Within the past month or so, the wired connection also goes to the "Local only" state, accompanied by the system tray icon dropping the blue globe that indicates Internet connectivity. Same behavior as from a couple of laptops that also drop into the local only state. I've found that I can clear the problem on the wireless connections by right-clicking on the wireless connection icon in the system tray and selecting another  protected network. When it asks for the code, I just hit Cancel, and then it reconnects to my normal network and always achieves both local and Internet connectivity. Dropping into the local only state typically occurs on both laptops and desktop computer when the computer has been asleep. With the wired connection, I go into Manage Network Connections and disable the offending connection. Then I re-enable it, and it reconnects properly.

    Tuesday, November 04, 2008 9:09 PM
  • Fixed:



    Okay, after some time with Dell tech support.  The Vista "local only" wireless issue is fixed.  He had me change the "wireless channel" on my linksys wireless router.  I changed it from 6 to 11.  I am not sure if it matters what channel you select.



    I wonder if this will work for more people?  It was a lame experience, but I'm not sure on who's part.  Dell, Microsoft, Linksys, network engineers?
    Wednesday, November 05, 2008 4:56 AM
  • check your IPv4 settings
    well
    i had the same problem and i fixed it by changing the IPv4 settings
    (its ip address should be set to something esle. just select the
    "Obtain an IP address automatically" option and the same for the DNS.
    now try reconnecting.


    Start>networks>network and sharing center>Manage network connections

    now right click your connection and select properties

    now select IPv4 and again select propertiese

    now click on obtain an ip address automatically.

    hope it helps
    Thursday, November 06, 2008 3:18 AM
  •  

    I disabled MAC Address Filtering on the router and it works like a charm.Seems if more than 2 computers are on the router it causes it to block the 3rd and 4th etc.Hope this helps at least someone
    Saturday, November 08, 2008 3:09 AM

  • Hummmm,  the Holy Grail....perhaps;  DAMN,  it worked for me!!!!!!  I've been working on this issue for what seems like forever,  as a matter of fact I just returned,  back to Fry's,  a NetGear router I was going bridge on my ActionTec (FiOS)to see if that would fix my "Local Access Only".

    Dan,  since doing what you suggested in your post I have had "Local and Internet Access" ever since....I even allow my laptop to go to sleep and when it awakes I still have local and internet access.

    I have read nearly all the thread's here and that's a lot,  going back before SP1 for Vista was released,  and I saw a lot of fixes and I tried NONE of them....yours was the last message read and it looked easy enough to try so I did and so far so good!

    Thanks for sharing is about all I can say....I just hope it holds!  By the way,  for others who might read this post,  I'm on a HP Presario A900 laptop,  connected wirelessly  to my ActionTec router upstairs.

    Rod 
    Sunday, November 09, 2008 2:16 AM
  • So what did you do to fix it? Which post did you use from the above notes?

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008 8:07 PM
  • I have been fighting with this problem for the last day after I got my new work laptop.  I found a solution that lets me get rid of the problem and bring it back at will - so at least on this laptop - its consistent.

    Go to the network connections and disable all but the network connection you wish to use.

    In my case, I disabled both the LAN cards and the 4 VMware adapters I had installed.

    Restart the wireless - bingo bango - I have access to teh internetz.

    Microsoft solution:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947041/en-us

    Not much of a solution as I need to use my other network cards, but at least it allowed me to get online..  If I find a better solution I will come back and post..

    Good luck

    - Muk
    Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:45 AM
  • jknowles37 is dead on worked like a charm on my laptop after much frustration! Thanks jknowles37 posted below is what he suggested and worked for me.

     

    "i had the same problem and i fixed it by changing the IPv4 settings
    (its ip address should be set to something esle. just select the
    "Obtain an IP address automatically" option and the same for the DNS.
    now try reconnecting.


    Start>networks>network and sharing center>Manage network connections

    now right click your connection and select properties

    now select IPv4 and again select propertiese

    now click on obtain an ip address automatically.

    hope it helps"

     

    And it did thanks again!

     

     

     

     

    Saturday, November 15, 2008 4:07 AM