On Wed, 11 Jul 2007 03:25:31 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org
>>I believe you might be right. However, I also believe it might be
>>best if you would exert some effort to find out. Assuming you're
>>using Windoze 2000, XP, or Vista:
>> Start -> run -> cmd <enter>
>> IPCONFIG <enter>
>>What do you get for an IP address?
>IPCONFIG showed my IP to be 188.8.131.52. All computers logged on had
>198.162.0.xx IPs. DHCP address range is actually 184.108.40.206 to
>I appreciate your time and trouble.
OK, the router is doing its job and working properly. With a DHCP
range of .10 to .19, you should have 20 available IP addresses. You
should not be limited by the number of IP addresses.
However, I do notice something odd. I vaguely recall that Netgear
assigns IP addresses in sequence, in this case starting at .10. Since
your client has received .18, there are 8 other machines that were
previously issued IP addresses. Do you have 8 machines or devices
(print servers)? Probably not.
What sometimes happens is that a wide open, unencrypted, unsecured
wireless will attract misconfigured Windoze wireless clients like
flies. There's a way to configure the Windoze WZC client to connect
to any available connection. If yours is unencrypted and therefore
unsecured, you could easily have the neighborhood deciding that your
router is suitable for connecting to the internet. You could also
have the neighborhood hacker doing the same. If this continues
indefinately, you can easily run out of IP addresses, which may be the
To secure your router, please:
1. Change the SSID to something other than the default.
2. Set the encryption to WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK (or WPA-Personal) with
an obscure pass phrase.
3. Set the router configuration password to something other than the
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