MaxRabbit; In my experience, sometimes a router that is also a DHCP server will hand out an IP address and sometimes it won't.
But I think you hit the nail on the head with this quote:
As you are probably now aware, and it has also been pointed out on this forum numerous times, that backtrack is not a distro designed for those totally new to linux. A solid grasp of networking is highly recommended.Well, I'm not sure quite what connects, because it's automatically connected when I turn on the laptop. So, what could this be?
However, before I try more with the wireless troubleshooting, I'd like to get a better grasp on how this works period.
To help you on your way to learning more about networking in linux,
use the man pages and lookup:
Google for: linux networking
THIS link looked rather informative for someone new to linux networking.
Good Luck to you...
In my experience, sometimes a router that is also a DHCP server will hand out an IP address and sometimes it won't.
You mean your lack of experience ,because i have never had that experience
in the last 12 1/2 years of me experience.
That was rude and unwarranted.You mean your lack of experience ,because i have never had that experience
in the last 12 1/2 years of me experience
A. You don't know me or what my experience level is.
B. I have had this problem occur with my students numerous times using SOHO wireless routers, otherwise I would have not stated so. I should have been more specific in my posting, my mistake on that part. I'm sure YMMV.
C. If you want to "put them on the table and measure", I'll be at Shmoocon this weekend and will happily put my experience and resume up against anyone.
So as to not drag this thread, or forum down any further, by all means, PM me if you have further problems with my advice to members of this forum.
I am going to take all of your suggestions, and I'm going to take some time to read up. Please, don't think I ignored your suggestions if it's a while before I post-time is just a little short right now and I really want to do my research before I post again with my results.
Thank you all who have kindly offered your suggestions so far
EDIT: Unnecessary bashing on my part. Just noticed he's being moderated.
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I can think of at least 1 big reason why a router sometimes wouldn't hand out an address even though it's a DHCP server, let's see if you can think of it in your vast experience.
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