Ad-hoc network on XP

Ad hoc network set up on windows XP
There should be two network adapters
1. Lan – Wired
2. Wireless

  • First set up the default wired LAN network to share the Internet connection with other users.
  • Disable others from controlling this device

Configuring LAN Network Adapter – Wired.

  • From the Windows XP desktop, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
  • Right-click the Ethernet network connection that is used to access the Internet, and then click Properties.
  • On the Advanced tab, select the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection check box
  • Do not allow other network users to control or disable this shared Internet connection- clear this check box
  • Save changes to your connection by clicking OK
  • Select enable Internet connection sharing when prompted

Configuring the Wireless adapter – to set up ad-hoc connection

  • Go to  Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
  • Right-click the wireless network connection, then click Properties.
  • Select wireless network
  • From advance select ad hoc wireless network in Network name ( The assigned name for your wireless SSID). For example, you could name your wireless network MyAdHocNetwork(Whatever name you like)
  • Select the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network check box
  • Key is provided for me automatically
  • Network Authentication – select Open.
  • Data encryption should be WEP Adhoc does not do WPA etc.
  • Type the WEP key (5 Characters should help hexadecimal numbers and alphabets).
  • Confirm network key by retyping the WEP key.
  • Click OK to save
  • Click OK and save changes to the wireless network adapter.

Now that you have set up your adhoc network, you should be able to see the wireless network id on your iPhone, iPad or any other mobile device. Select the device enter the WEP key and you should be connected to the network.