Solved: Ad hoc wireless connected but don't 'talk'

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I am connecting a laptop with a pc both running xp home sp 2. Pc has linksys pci net adap and laptop has voyager 1065 card. They both claim to be connected to the ad hoc system and show in 'wireless connections' as all ok in terms of transmitting data. But neither of them seems to be able to receive data. I have disabled firewalls and enabled file sharing. But to no avail. They cannot see each other in 'workgroup computers'. Before I fitted the linksys pci card, the pc was using a voyager usb adapter 1055 and it worked fine.

Any help gratefully received before I pull my last hair out.!
 

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See if you have communication between the PCs before worrying about anything else.

To open a Command Window: Start - Run - cmd - OK

To determine a computer's IP address: open a Command Window and type
ipconfig /all

Now for some troubleshooting:

1. On each PC open a Command window and type
ping IPofOther (where IPofOther is the IP address of the other PC)

Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

If you got Replies,

2. Do the same ping except use the Computer Name of the other computer:
ping NameOfOtherPC

Replies or lost packets?
 

drdrill

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Thanks for that. I got lost packets on pc to laptop and address not found on laptop to pc. The address was strange (to me anyway) on the pc : 5e80::5efe:169.254.27.175%62 I tried the whole thing and then just the part beginning 169. but with the same result. Could it be anything to do with security? Both adapters are wep enabled with a passphrase.

Also the linksys seems to play up quite a lot, I aleady have had to reinstall twice.
Sorry if sounding stupid but I'm new to networking (like you didn't guess!)
 

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Looks like you have IP version 6 installed. It is not needed, and sometimes causes trouble. To uninstall it, open a Command Window and type
ipv6 uninstall

Your IP above is 169.254.27.175

If still no good ping results, disable encryption (just to remove one variable) and try again.

If you have a 3rd party firewall (Norton, McAfee, Zone Alarm, etc.) you need to properly configure it to allow your LAN access or else uninstall it.
 

drdrill

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Yes I do have IP6 installed, I'll remove and try all your suggestions when I'm back later in front of the machines. Many thanks
 

drdrill

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I did as you suggested and all works fine - they ping ok and I can access files etc. If does seem a bit erratic - sometimes they work fine but if I go back a couple of hours later they have stopped talking to each other. Now I have to try and get some security on them and configure firewalls - I am using zone alarm - any tips?

Thanks for solving initial probs
 

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"... if I go back a couple of hours later they have stopped talking to each other."

If either goes into Standby and powers down the adapter, the network is "down."

Another potential issue is wireless interference--2.4Ghz cordless phone, a neighbor's network on the same or close channel, microwave, etc.
 

drdrill

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Yes there is another lan nearby as it shows up. Also a cordless phone. Working pretty well all the time now though, through firewalls as well. Thanks again.
 
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