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vinny_the_hack

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I just installed a wireless network card and am trying to connect to an adhoc network on another desktop that has a usb network adapter. I have previously connected to that same desktop and network using my laptop, but my desktop will not connect to it. It tries to connect for about a full minute, then it indicates that it is not connected. However, in the description lower in that window, it says "You are currently connected to this network." Any attempt to use the internet, however, fails, so it isn't really connected. Also, on the taskbar at the bottom, it shows the network as disconnected (red "x").

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TerryNet

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If the network is encrypted try w/o encryption first.

Make sure you have the latest driver from the adapter manufacturer's web site.

If you are using Windows on both machines, for both PCs ...

Please attach a screen shot of the Networks page of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector and show ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

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

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
 

vinny_the_hack

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Thanks for your response, Terry.

From the host machine:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Users\Household>ipconfig /all
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Household-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1A-70-AD-88-8C
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ether
net Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1C-25-8A-02-08
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::f0df:d7c8:b64e:e73b%10(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 173.24.254.191(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.248.0
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 18, 2011 11:17:26 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, November 09, 2011 1:12:06 PM
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 173.24.248.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 97.64.180.224
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 251658604
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-0F-6D-F6-4A-00-1C-25-8A-02-08
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 97.64.209.36
97.64.168.13
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{6879CCB1-4EB6-4AAB-81E5-21903DDCD
77C}
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft 6to4 Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2002:ad18:febf::ad18:febf(Preferred)
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 2002:c058:6301::c058:6301
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 97.64.209.36
97.64.168.13
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{7A76EBA2-F220-430F-B401-30A866AE0
440}
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 17:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e76:8c8:166d:52e7:140(Prefer
red)
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8c8:166d:52e7:140%12(Preferred)
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
C:\Users\Household>

From the client machine:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Vinny>ipconfig /all
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Vince-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : D-Link AirPlus DWL-G520 Wireless PCI
Adapter(rev.B)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-88-58-08-29
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-06-09-06-65
C:\Documents and Settings\Vinny>
 

TerryNet

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For an ad-hoc wireless network there is no "host" or "client"; the machines are equals.

I don't understand why on the XP machine the DHCP Enabled and Autoconfiguration Enabled lines are missing. That may be an indication of a serious problem, or may just be something I don't understand.

I see on the Vista machine you've assigned a static IP. Are you sure you've assigned on the XP the same Mask and an appropriate static IP?

I only once set up an ad-hoc wireless network between Vista and XP and it went very smoothly. When setting one up between two XP machines I often had to try a bunch of times--telling one machine to 'initiate' or 'connect' and then the other and going back and forth until they finally decided to cooperate. After the initial success then the machines usually connected easily (and automatically) after that.
 

vinny_the_hack

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I used "host" and "client" to distinguish between the machine with Internet access and the one without.

I had nothing to do with assigning IP's or settting a mask on either machine or on the (XP) laptop that successfully connected to the same "host" machine and adhoc network, so I don't see why I should have to make any such checks or changes to such things.
 

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Maybe you previously used Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on the PC with internet access?
 
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