Computers are so smart these days

You’ve just connected to a new wireless network, but you cannot connect to any Internet web sites. Your network configuration shows your IP address as, your subnet mask is, and you have not been assigned a default gateway. Which of these is the most likely cause of your web site browsing issue?

A) The wireless network’s DHCP server is down

B) Your subnet mask is not correct

C) Your internet provider is experiencing a temporary outage

D) The default gateway is not responding

E) Your wireless adapter is not working properly

F) The computer somehow knew that you were planning to surf Reddit instead of doing real work

The answer: A) The wireless network’s DHCP server is down

The address is an APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) address, which usually means that your computer is set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server but no DHCP server was found.

Want to know more? Watch “Troubleshooting Networks.”

The network can be a challenge to troubleshoot, but there are some basic steps that can help with the process. In this video, you learn about basic network troubleshooting, automatic IP addressing, IP conflicts, slow transfer speeds, and wireless network issues.