Setting up ad hoc wireless network

Hewlett-packard Probook 4510s notebook
September 19, 2009 at 09:46:05
Specs: Windows XP
I want to set up an ad hoc wireless network for games and such.

I followed this:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...

The thing is I don't necessarily want the computers connected to the internet. I just want them to be connected to eachother wirelessly without having to use a router.

The laptop I am using to "host" the ad hoc connection has a built in wireless adapter (like most laptops).

When I tried setting up the ad hoc host it showed up on the wireless network list for only the host computer as "on demand". I tried to get other computers to find the host computer on the wireless network list and it wont show up. All computers are windows XP.

I guess I could try to set it up with the internet connected to the host computer, but again that isn't necessarily what i want. I mostly want it strictly local for this ad hoc thing.


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#1
September 19, 2009 at 14:01:06
I just want them to be connected to each other wirelessly without having to use a router.

Thats what ad-hoc networks are for. Tou wouldn't use ad-hoc if you had a router. All you need to know is in the link you posted, just skip the part that talks about internet connection sharing.

Stuart


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#2
September 19, 2009 at 15:22:57
That's the thing I followed the instructions for setting up ad hoc. Even at that I can't see the the host computer on the view wireless networks on the client computer. I tried reversing roles for the computers to see if setting up the host on a different computer would work and i get the same issue.

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#3
September 21, 2009 at 21:11:05
update:

well i was able to get one of the laptops to be the host for ad hoc, but it is not the one i want to be the host (i want the hp 4510s to be the host). I set my hp up the same way as the other laptop that ad hoc worked on, but none of the other computers can find the hp on the wireless network list.

is there anything that would interrupt them from finding my hp laptop? i turned my firewalls off and such, but would there be anything else that would prevent ad hoc from working on my intended host computer?


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