I have disconneted the network connection and then connected again...it then syas... Reset your wireless router and re-establish the wireless security. Thinkpads_User 169.254.x.x is windows way of not finding the DHCP server.I am connected but again it satys in validating identity. I am not that good in computers but can follow good directions.... I am running Win XP Pro.....I was trying to go wireless with the Ethernet plug disconnected.. at the router and make sure the wireless is set up correctly.If the connection fails, you’ll receive a Limited or No Connectivity message and an automatic private ip address in the 169.254.x.x range will be assigned..header_background_full .header_background_slim .welcome-container .wlc-header .wlc-content .linksys-search-form .Sometimes you cannot use the Windows functionality.
If so, you must use the software provided to configure the network.- Wireless Network Connection Properties says Connect using: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection - From there, I select the Wireless Networks tab, and select the name of my home network under the Preferred Networks section, then select Properties - 3 tabs then say Association, Authentication, Connection - Association tab: Network name (SSID) - then, name of my home wifi network Wireless network key Network Authentication: (Open, Shared, WPA, or WPA-PSK) -- I select WPA-PSK Data encryption: (TKIP or AES) -- I select AES Network key --- I enter the password we use on the Netgear wifi server When I hit the "Connect" button to connect to the network, it will say, "Please wait while Windows connects to the network" then after several seconds, it will say that it has connected, but then will sit there with a yellow star above the 5 green bars showing wifi signal strength, and just to the left of the star it says "Validating identity" and will stay that way indefinitely. The little status icon that's supposed to indicate your wireless network status in the bottom right of the computer screen (in the taskbar) shows a computer with a yellow dot moving back and forth beneath it.Double click that status icon to pull up Wireless Network Connection Status and it shows Connection Status: Validating identity Network: (name of my home network) Duration: (currently at -- yes "connected" for almost 3 hours, but not actually allowing internet connectivity) Speed 54.0 Mbps Signal Strength: 5 bars Activity Packets: Sent 256 Received 3 Sorry if this is over-detailed, (or maybe I've actually given too few details to solve the problem).You can quickly setup a wireless network using the wireless configuration feature in Windows XP.Each computer you want part of a wireless network will need a wireless network card installed.