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10 Sep, 2009

Solution for “Connected with limited access” — Wireless connection problem on Vista

Posted by: mynag In: Solutions & Tips

A friend of mine recently asked for my help to install his new Linksys WAG160N Ultra RangePlus Wireless-N ADSL2+ Modem Router. All in all, he has 5 computers in his home, 4 laptops running on XP professional and a multimedia desktop running on Vista (not my favorite OS), to be connected on a wireless network.

After completing the installation and configuration of the modem router, all the XP machines connected perfectly. The Vista desktop however connected successfully once and failed subsequently after restart. The wireless connection status display “Connected with Limited access”.

Here’s a couple of steps to follow.

  1. Have you connect to the correct SSID ( The name of your wireless network)?
    If yes, go to step 2.

    Be sure to set your router’s default SSID to a unique name, especially one that is different from those around your neighbourhood. This will reduce the chance that you might be connecting to someone else’s wireless network. Refer to your router’s manual on how to change the default SSID.Still connected with limited access? Go to the next step 2.

  2. If your wireless network is secured with WEP or WPA encryption, have you set the correct key or password?
    If yes, go to step 3.

    If you have set a 64 bit or 128 bit password key, there is an especially high chance you might keyed in the wrong key. Type the key/password onto a windows notepad (Type “notepad” at the Run Command box) and check it with the correct one. Copy and paste into the wireless network profile’s WEP/WPA password/key.

    Still connected limited access? Go to the next step 3.

  3. Have you update the latest Vista service pack?
    If yes, go to step 4.

    Microsoft claim the problem occur with Vista machine when it uses a network bridge to access the network. Follow the instructions at the Microsoft websites to obtain the latest patch.

    Still connected with limited access? Go to the next step 4.

  4. Assign a static IP. This is the last and final step that might fix this issue if the above steps doesn’t. After you have selected and clicked on your wireless network to connect, the connection status initially displayed “Acquiring IP address” and a few seconds later displayed “Connected with limited access”, then it is most likely the Vista machine has a problem getting the correct IP address or DNS server address from the router.Here’s how you set the static IP address. Get another computer with a successful wireless connection. If you do not have one, wire connect the computer to the router with a network cable which usually comes packed with the router.
    1. Click the START orb and type “cmd” in the Run Command box and click OK
      (If you do not see the Run command, here’s some help)
    2. At the DOS command window prompt, type: ipconfig /all.
      You should see something like the following:Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-D0-A0-DE-D2
      Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
      Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
      IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
      Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
      Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
      DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
      DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
      Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Friday, September 11, 2009 1:09:31 A
      Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Friday, September 11, 2009 2:09:31 A

      Think of a different last 2 or 3 digits for the IP address (eg. — 101 is the last 2/3 digits of the IP address). Check to ensure this IP address is not being used by any other computers by typing the following: ping 192.168.0.XXX at the command prompt where XXX is the last 2 or 3 digits of the IP address. If the result shows “Request time out.”, it usually means the IP address is available for static IP assignment.

      Note down the new IP address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS Servers.

    3. Now, go into the Wireless Properties and then click on the wireless name/SSID entry. Click on Properties button and in the list box, select IPv4 and click Properties. Select “Use the following IP address”, enter the IP address, Subnet mask, Default Gateway accordingly. Also select “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the Preferred DNS server and Alternate DNS server accordingly. Click Ok to complete the static IP configuration.
    4. Disconnect any network cable if any from the Vista machine. Select your wireless SSID and reconnect again. See if this works for you.

I hope these help.

2 Responses to "Solution for “Connected with limited access” — Wireless connection problem on Vista"

1 | Indoor Grills 

October 14th, 2010 at 8:12 am


Windows Vista actually sucks, it is full of bugs and very unstable-*’

2 | Jen

January 20th, 2013 at 8:26 pm


It worked!!! tHANKS!

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