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Ad hoc wi-fi connection won't work on Vista

Discussion in 'Networking' started by hjd6170, Mar 27, 2011.

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  1. hjd6170

    hjd6170 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I'm using a mobile broadband dongle for internet access on my laptop (running Vista). I'm trying to connect both my PS3 and my HTC Desire HD to the laptop via wi-fi so I can share the laptop's internet connection with them, and I set up an ad hoc wi-fi connection on the laptop in an attempt to do this. For some reason, I can't get either the PS3 or the Desire to pick up the wi-fi; it just shows up as "Waiting for other users to connect" on the laptop.

    The odd thing is that the laptop's wi-fi is definitely working - I can set up the Desire as a wi-fi hotspot and connect both the laptop and the PS3 to it to share the Desire's internet connection, but I don't want to do it that way round as I'll very quickly eat up the 500MB monthly data allowance on my phone. I don't want to put the dongle SIM in my Desire because from what I've read it seems likely that the different APN will lead to extortionate data charges.

    I've also tried to connect the PS3 to the laptop using an ethernet cable, but I've run into unexpected problems doing that as well (which could be another thread on its own!).

    I realise that buying a router would be the simplest solution - in fact I already have one elsewhere - but my current situation is temporary and I'd like to make do with what I have with me if possible!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! I've searched existing threads but none seems to have covered this particular problem.

    Ipconfig /all brings up the following:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : xx-PC
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Unknown adapter Local Area Connection 7:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Vodafone Mobile Broadband Network Adapter
    (ZTE)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-9E-3E-B0-9C-B0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::286e:6b03:9cc0:47b2%23(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.182.32.159(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 27 March 2011 12:32:12
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 28 March 2011 12:32:11
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.182.32.158
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.182.32.158
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.203.129.70
    10.203.129.68
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-88-9C-E2
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8042 PCI-E Fast Ethernet
    Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-22-64-6D-0B-A5
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Bluetooth Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-86-D2-A6-D8
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 13:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{C59DAE95-A0ED-4EAE-AA78-8ACBB959A
    3DC}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 15:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #3
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 16:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #5
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
     
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    I trust that you are trying the ad-hoc wireless w/o encryption until you get it working.

    You don't have a non-Windows firewall or security suite blocking, right? Initially the ad-hoc network will be using 169.254.x.y and then after ICS is enabled 192.168.0.x.

    Can you detect the network on either of the other devices? If so, what happens when you try to connect to it?
     
  3. hjd6170

    hjd6170 Thread Starter

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    Thanks TerryNet. The ad hoc wireless connection is unencrypted. Windows firewall is disabled and no other firewall is installed, but neither the PS3 nor the HTC can detect the network. This is driving me nuts!
     
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    I don't have any idea why the devices are not detecting the Vista's ad-hoc signal. :(
     
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