Sure enough we baught outselves a Nexus 7 tablet and of course what's a PC, miniature or not, without some sort of web access. My router is setup with MAC address filtering which prevented initial connection unless I get the MAC address of the device to begin with. Unfortunately, Nexus 7 won't let you into the settings until you do an initial setup.
In this case, I've disabled the MAC address filtering on my DD-WRT'd TP-LINK router temporarily (Let's remember, I still have WPA2 security with SSID broadcase disabled so I'm fine to do that.) Once connected, I checked that my connection is fine from my other wireless devices before trying to connect from the Nexus 7. With everything else working, google Nexus 7 went through it's paces and I was finally able to get in on to the device and get my MAC:
Sure enough, it's in a fairly standard place (Home -> Settings (Look for squares enclosed in a circle) -> About Tablet -> Status). However that wasn't the end of it. Right after that, thinking I was fine, I run into this:
Error 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): Unable to resolve the server's DNS address.
Which, translated into plain English simply means I haven't got my IP and Gateway configured. (Yes, that's how far I setup my security. No I do not live next to the defcon or black hat vegas site though I'm sure what I do wont' be enough but I degress….). Here are the steps to add a static IP and GW + DNS settings to your Nexus 7:
- Press and keep pressing (lightly) on a wireless network you're connected too.
- A panel with the name of your network and options Forget network and Modify network will appear.
- Click on Modify network.
- Near the bottom of the new panel an Show advanced options check box will appear. Check it off.
- A text box labeled IP settings will appear at the bottom. Click that.
- Two options will appear DHCP and Static. Select Static.
In my case I set the settings in this manner (Settings for your network should be different.):
IP address 192.168.0.16 (By default Google Nexus choose 192.168.0.18)
Gateway 192.168.0.2 (By default, Google choose .0.4)
- Save it.
Sure enough after saving, browsing to google.com worked like a charm. Hope this helps you too for overly secured networks.