169.254.x.x IP Address

| December 13, 2010

If your computer suddenly loses local and Internet connection, you may have been assigned an address in the 169.254.x.x IP address range. This is a common issue with computers that are set to Obtain An IP Address Automatically through the router via DHCP. If for whatever reason your computer cannot get an IP address automatically, it makes one up in the IP address range between 169.245.0.0 to 169.254.254.255. It uses this address range to reduce the likelihood it will conflict with other, valid, IP addresses on your network.

Fix 169.254.x.x IP Address

There are a lot of reasons why your computer cannot connect to other computer on your LAN or to the Internet and produce a 169.254.x.x IP address. The following should help you troubleshoot connectivity issues:

Reboot the network. Start by turning off the computer, router and modem. Unplug the router and modem’s power. If the modem has a backup battery, disconnect that as well and let everything sit for a couple of minutes. If you have hubs or switches on the network, disconnect them, too. Next, plug in the modem (and battery if it has one) and wait until you have all green lights. Then plug in the router and wait until you have all green lights, and then boot up the computer. Check your network and Internet status again and see if you’re still experiencing problems.

Check Other Computers – If you have more than one computer on the network, try checking their IP address and see if they also have an IP address similar to 169.254.x.x. To do this, go to Start then Run and type cmd and hit OK. At the command line, type ipconfig /all and hit enter.

169.254.x.x ip address

You should see the IP address of the computer. If it is working properly, it might have an IP address similar to 192.168.1.2 or 192.168.0.2 (depending on your router’s IP address). If it also has a 169.254.x.x IP address, then there is a problem with the router or the infrastructure between the router and the computers.

Check Router Settings. You can login to your router and check the settings to make sure they are correct. You will need to follow the instructions from your router manufacturer to login. Typically, you will open your web browser and type in either http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 and hit enter.

Linksys DHCP

This will bring you to your router’s login page. Login and look for the setting that says DHCP and make sure it is enabled. Since your computers are looking for an IP address via a DHCP server, this must be enable for the router to provide them with IP addresses.

169.254.x.x IP Address Conclusion

Check Your Cabling – If you are getting an IP address other than 0.0.0.0, then you know your computer’s network adapter is enabled. So if your router is configured properly, then you might have a cabling issue between your computer and the router. Check to make sure the LED on the back of the computer where the Ethernet cable (network cable) plugs in is lit and plashing green. If it is amber color or not lit at all, then there’s a problem with the physical connection. Replace the cable or try a different port on the back of the router and see if you continue to get the 169.254.x.x IP address.

Category: Networking

Dave

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  1. Jan says:

    I have the problem of an 169 ip address. Simply resetting the router solves this, for about 5 to 10 minutes.

    For some reason I have internet and a few minutes later it gets the 169 IP address again.

    Th only non-standard setting in my router are two port-forwards.

    I have the same computer system, the same router and the same settings for years. But somehow that is not working anymore.

    Anyone any idea’s?

    And nope, it’s not the cables, cause I DO have internet. Just only for about 5 to 10 minutes until the DHCP lease receives an new ip (the 169 one…)

  2. witali says:

    Try to chanege the power supply of the router.

  3. connie zollinger says:

    hi dave

    hopefully you can help me…..i have spent the entire morning trying to do this to no avail…..so maybe you can be ‘the man’…..I uninstalled a program, and continued to get the msg that a program was still being uninstalled although it was done , so the online help suggested a soft reboot, of which I did, and now I am unable to get back on to the internet…..and I keep getting a variance of opinions as to what to do….and still no cigar….can YOU help me? Your name etc popped up on this link. Thank you !
    Connie

    • Dave Dave says:

      Hi Connie. There are a plethora of reason why you might not be able to get online. As you can imagine, I will need some info–such as your Operating System (Windows 7, XP, etc…), how you connect to the Internet (cable, dial-up, etc…) and what happens when you try and connect to the Internet.

      The best venue for this is our forums–where we have dozens of techs that volunteer their time to help people resolve their computing issues. Please register at http://www.pctechbytes.com/forums/ and explain in as much detail as you can what is happening and we’ll help you get it sorted out.

      There is even a chat box at the top where you can get LIVE help if someone else is there at the moment you are.