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Solved: Help, 2 laptops wireless ad-hoc network won't work.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by markraymond, Aug 30, 2008.

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  1. markraymond

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    Hi, I'm trying to set up a wireless ad-hoc network between two laptops. One is an HP 530 and the other an IBM T41, both running xp pro. I've tried following guides on how to do this and configured the T41 as the host but it's not showing up in the HP530's wireless network list. I don't know if the laptops wireless is functioning correctly but they are both picking up networks within range from nearby houses.

    I had some success when I installed IBM's Access connection on the T41. The T41's network then appeared in the HP530's list but I was unable to connect as it asked for a key which seems to be assigned automatically. IBM's Access connections seems only to allow other thinkpads to connect together. I've now uninstalled Access Connections.

    The T41 is connected to the net via an ethernet cable and D-Link DSL-584t router. If anyone could give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated:). I've spent hours trying to sort this out.

    I did the nbtstat -n ipconfig /all at the command prompt on both laptops.

    Computer 1 is the IBM T41
    Computer 2 is the HP 530

    Computer 1

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Mark>nbtstat -n

    Marks wireless net:
    Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    No names in cache

    Marks Wired net:
    Node IpAddress: [10.0.0.3] Scope Id: []

    NetBIOS Local Name Table

    Name Type Status
    ---------------------------------------------
    MARK <00> UNIQUE Registered
    DOMA <00> GROUP Registered
    MARK <20> UNIQUE Registered
    DOMA <1E> GROUP Registered

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

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : MARK
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Marks wireless net:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 11a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapte
    r
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-05-4E-48-64-F4

    Ethernet adapter Marks Wired net:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Mobile Connecti
    on
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-60-75-A4-D1
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.3
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 30 August 2008 21:31:48
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 09 September 2008 21:31:48

    C:\Documents and Settings\Mark>


    Computer 2

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Petra>nbtstat -n

    Wireless Network Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    No names in cache

    Local Area Connection:
    Node IpAddress: [0.0.0.0] Scope Id: []

    No names in cache

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

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : petrunka
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-29-19-CC

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connecti
    on
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-EC-75-00-B2

    C:\Documents and Settings\Petra>
     
  2. avisitor

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    Instructions on setting up an adhoc network on Windows XP

    However, adhoc networks are generally hard to setup and relatively unreliable.
     
  3. markraymond

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    Thanks, but I've already tried that guide, among many.(y)
     
  4. avisitor

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    Did you create a passcode.
     
  5. markraymond

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    If you mean network key then yes. 1984a thats ok isn't it?
     
  6. avisitor

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    So you assigned a key, but it's not working on both ends?
     
  7. markraymond

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    Well I assigned a key on the T41 when I set it up as the host but as the HP530 isn't picking up the T41 I haven't seen any option to enter a key on the HP530, or am I missing something really obvious?
     
  8. avisitor

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    Just follow the first 11 steps of that guide on both PCs. I think it'll do what you want.
     
  9. markraymond

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    Jesus-bloody-christ it works. I can't believe I didn't try to do the same thing on both laptops. Thanks a million. What a pleb I am!(y):)
     
  10. avisitor

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    It's weird that way. Once you've done it on two, any others you connect should be able to find it in the wireless network browser.
     
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