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Alert: No Internet Connection "self-assigned IP address and will not connect"

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Apr 7, 2013 3:12 AM

I am an American living in a third-world country as a missionary. Several of us that live on the same property have wifi that we share. For the last two months, my computer has connected to the internet just fine (when the internet was actually working...third-world country and all that). The other day, the internet went out like normal, but when it came back on, my computer showed that the wifi network was available and I clicked on it like normal. Then it came up with an exclamation point and the message "Alert: No Internet Connection." Then when I open system preferences, it says something to the effect of "Your computer has the self-assigned IP address of ____ and will not be able to connect to the internet."


I have tried:

-Turning wifi off and back on

-Turning the computer off and back on

-Deleting the keychain and reconnecting to the network

-Deleting files from Library/Preferences/System Configuration

-Typing the password with quotation marks around it

-Typing the password with all of the letters in caps

-Typing the password with all of the letters in lower case


As a note:

I can connect to the internet via an ethernet cable

Everyone else can connect to the wifi on their Macs

Everyone else can connect to the wifi on their iPads

I cannot connect to the internet on my iPad (the little circle just spins and spins but doesn't connect).


Does anyone have any other ideas for something I can try?

I've seen some suggestions for manually entering the IP address. Can someone explain in laymans terms how to do that?

I've seen some suggestions that talk about location and/or time zone being an issue. When I connect to the internet the automatic location thing thinks I'm in Guam. I am actually in Vanuatu. Does this make a difference?


Also, I am fairly decent with computers (I'm in my 20s), but don't know all of the technical jargon, so please explain.



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.5)


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