I'm thoroughly confused by something. I have a Windows XP computer at work that logs into a workgroup, not a domain. It has a static IP, subnet mask, and default gateway all configured under Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). By default, it cannot connect to the Internet because it doesn't have network credentials. However, I installed a wifi device so it can connect that way. If I am NOT on the network (the physical LAN cable), my IP address and tracert path look normal as I would expect when I go to a site like "What is my IP address" because it is using the wifi AND it's not on the network. However, if I AM connected to the network (the physical LAN cable), even though I'm using wifi, my IP address and tracert path change to what I would expect if I was on the company network. I don't understand why it changes. I have not provided any credentials to use the company Internet but yet it "appears" as though that's how it's connecting to the Internet even though I'm positive it's still using the wifi. Is this an optical illusion or something?
I'd like to know why it changes and how I can keep it from changing.
I can kind of get around it if I remove the default gateway, get my Internet connection, and then add the default gateway back, it'll keep the IP address that I expect, but after a while, it'll pick up the one I don't.
Any ideas? Basically, I need to be able to connect to that computer on the Network AND I want to access the Internet, but I want the IP address to look like it's accessing the wireless network, not anything via company IP addresses.