It’s a complex relationship

Your IP address information shows that you’re using APIPA. Which of these would be the most likely reason for this configuration?

A) You are not connected to the wireless network

B) Your DHCP server is down

C) You are using public Internet addresses

D) Your DNS server is misconfigured

E) Your laptop hates you

The answer: B) Your DHCP server is down

APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) is used when a static IP address is not assigned and a DHCP server was not available to automatically assign an address. In these situations, an operating system will use APIPA to automatically configure an address that can be used to communicate with other APIPA-configured devices on the same subnet.

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.