Wireless laptop dhcp-related problem
In our school we get continued problems with laptops not connecting. The problem is sporadic but frequent enough to be a PITA.
The usual fix is to wire them up and reboot.
I've noticed that when the problem occurs the laptop only has an APIPA address. So i tried adding a fixed IP to the alternate configuration and this solved the problem without recourse to hard wiring. It would seem that hard wiring them allows them to get a DHCP address.
This does explain why they cannot get the DHCP address in the first place but this could be just a poor connection at the time or something.
Is it possible to get windows to issue a different range of alternate addresses rather than the APIPA ones? Otherwise I can reserve a range and manually add them to the alternate configs.
One thing I have noticed is that the laptops I experimented with didn't release those alternate IPs on their own. They still had them 2 or 3 boots later.
Any ideas welcome.