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14-Dec-2008, 01:08 PM #1
ad hoc networking: host won't connect
Hi,

I am trying to create a ad hoc network so I can connect my iPhone to WIFI. I had everything set up and working about a month ago and had to leave town for about a month and came back and it wouldn't work.
At first my host computer would connect to my ad hoc network and my iphone would connect but wasn't using the wifi. It would just say it was connected. Now I can't get my host computer to even connect to or broadcast the ad hoc network.

Broadcom 802.11g is my network adapter all other computer specs should be listed below.

Any suggestions?

Thank you,
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14-Dec-2008, 01:10 PM #2
My specs
It didn't list my comp specs they must be in my profile.

Here they are:

Gateway MX6445 Laptop
1.79 GHz 960 MB of RAM
Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002
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14-Dec-2008, 03:37 PM #3
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
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14-Dec-2008, 04:27 PM #4
ipconfig
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Dale>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : YOUR-C1DE30D1C8
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-A5-C2-1D-E0

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8036 PCI-E Fast Eth
ernet Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-B8-B6-5C-26
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 97.87.108.189
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.224.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 97.87.96.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.114.37.12
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 24.217.0.5
24.217.201.67
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:29:42 PM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, December 14, 2008 9:29:42 PM


C:\Documents and Settings\Dale>
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14-Dec-2008, 07:49 PM #5
For an Ad-Hoc connection, you'll need to manually configure the IP addresses, you have no DHCP server. I also see a proxy enabled and ICS running.

What's the IPCONFIG /ALL from the other computer look like?
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14-Dec-2008, 07:54 PM #6
Is your wireless switch on?

What exactly happens when you tell your wireless utility to 'connect to' or 'activate' your ad-hoc wireless?
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14-Dec-2008, 11:05 PM #7
What ips do I use and how do i turn on/get a dhcp server? The other device is an iphone. I am unaware of a wireless switch. When i try to activate it it tries to connect and eventually just stops and says not connected beside the network in "available wireless networks".

It was working perfect a month ago. all i did was disable the wireless card before i left for 28 days. enabled it when i got back and wouldn't work.
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15-Dec-2008, 12:49 AM #8
alternate way
I was wanting to get this workin so I could ftp from my computer to my iphone but i have found an alternate way of doing this using the usb cable and connecting using 127.0.0.1 using my ftp client. I would still like to know if i can fix the problem though because it would be nice to have wifi in the house. Any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated even though i have achieved my main goal.

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15-Dec-2008, 08:11 AM #9
For WiFi in the house, I suggest a wireless router.
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15-Dec-2008, 10:13 AM #10
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I am unaware of a wireless switch.
When you have a laptop with an integrated wireless adapter it's advisable to become aware of the wireless switch. It's probably old fashioned and not cool or hip, but I tend to take a glance at the manual for such things. I found something relevant on page 100. Your switch is the Fn + F2 key combination. The wireless networking status indicator indicates whether the wireless is on.

When trying to 'connect' an ad-hoc wireless, the utility will give up after a short period if no other device in the area is also using or trying to use that ad-hoc network, so make sure your phone is also trying to connect.
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16-Dec-2008, 03:30 AM #11
thanks
thanks for the help guys... still can't get it working may have to go with a router.

thanks again,
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16-Dec-2008, 08:39 AM #12
The router will be a MUCH better solution!
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