Unable to setup 802.11b ad-hoc network between two Windows XP machines

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Jason Arthurs, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. I recently got hold of two wireless adaptors and briefly managed to
    setup a wireless LAN which worked fine and was able to share the
    internet connection and network drives. We have now moved house and
    despite my best efforts I cannot raise a network connection between
    these two cards.

    I now have the two machines setup in the same room, one reports signal
    strength as very good (USB adaptor) and the other as Excellent (PCMCIA
    adaptor). But despite being able to 'see' the other card I am unable
    to form an IP connection between these two machines.

    I have set fixed IP addresses for both cards, WEP is set to 128bit and
    an identical WEP key is set on both adaptors and the channel numbers
    and SSIDs are identical.

    If I change the SSID on one, I can see the change on the other and ask
    it to connect. I can even see a local access point for an external
    network so this would appear to suggest the cards are physically

    The working setup I had previously used my laptop as a bridge to allow
    my wifes machine to use the ADSL connection. This worked fine and I
    was able to share files across the connection. Now I cannot even ping
    one adaptor from the other when both report each others presence and
    give their signal strength as adequate.

    Any suggestions on this as I want to get my wifes machine connected so
    she doesn't keep hogging my laptop!

    Jason Arthurs, Jul 19, 2003
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