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Wireless help, no name for SSID

Hey all

I managed to established an ad-hoc connection between two computers, using static assigned IPs;

Dell Inspirion running XP home with D-Link XtremeG dwlg650 pc card;

Home PC running XP pro with D-Link XtremeG dwlg520 pci card /w a dialup connection;

Sometime it works and sometimes it doesnt. Recently, my problem was that even though both comps have connected to a SSID that has worked before, my PC connects to the SSID, but one, or both comps says it connects to a SSID that has no name (but they connect at the same time so its not a foreign connection), obviously I cant access either comp from the other because of this (PROBLEM ONE).

I've used Network Stumbler on my laptop to see that thats the only connection available, and even then it detects the SSID as blank... but the PC says it connects to the SSID i named.


Also, when this has happened, getting online from my PC on the dial up failed, in the sense that suddenly i couldn't access any internet data (msn, IE) until i disabled the PCI card. (PROBLEM TWO)


Lastly as a mention, I access the net from the other comps (one other standard PC through a wired connection, bridged, that has worked with the others as well) using analogx proxy, but this hasn't been a problem in the past. I use it because I can't get windows Internet Connection Sharing to work at all! I've been able to disconnect the PC with the internet connection remotely from the other computer, as it detects the connection, but it can't connect still (IE cant get to any pages). PROBLEM THREE, but not as important).

Any help with any of these issues would be GREATLY appreciated!
THANKS!

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Re: Wireless help, no name for SSID

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While it's possible, wifi cards weren't meant to operate in an ad-hoc fashion like that, they really are designed to operate with a wireless access point of some kind.

Things would be a lot better if you picked up an 802.11g router and used that for communications between your systems. You can pick up the D-Link DI-624 (the router counterpart to your wifi cards) for about $80 last I checked. The DI-524, which doesn't have the 108Mbps mode capability is around $50 as I recall. But any 802.11g router should work, and will make your life a lot easier.

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Well i wanted to avoid a router cause they're relatively more expensive than the cards (i'm also in canada, so there the currency exchange to keep in mind: $100 for the di624, $90 for di524) and i thought ad-hoc would be enough.

but i rather try without it

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ADHOC and speed = grade B speed.

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What may infuriate some is that ADHOC mode relegates almost all 802.11G cards/dongles/things to 11 mbps. It's in the spec and that's that.

My only inputs are...

1. latest firmware all around.
2. latest drivers all around.
3. firewalls can be an issue. Learn to know how yours works.

Bob

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Re: ADHOC and speed = grade B speed.

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well i think the network status says its running at 54mbps.

otherwise im pretty sure i have the lastest firmware and drivers

my firewall (zonealarm and kerio) did cause problems at first but i fixed those.

I've heard about some atheros (chipset) drivers, which might fix a crashing problem but i dont know where to find them, and i can avoid the crashing by not using the d-link utilities.

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Re: ADHOC and speed = grade B speed. DOCUMENTED

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http://support.dlink.com/faq/view.asp?prod_id=1482&question=adhoc
"Why can?t I get the advertised speed and performance when in Ad-Hoc mode?

This FAQ applies to 802.11b, 802.11g, and Super G? products.

D-Link wireless products follow the IEEE 802.11 standards. The 802.11b and 802.11g standards specify that Ad-Hoc mode only needs to support up to 11Mbps. For best results, use an access point or wireless router and set your adapters to Infrastructure (station) mode."

As to your cost statement, my dlink g wifi router was 38 bucks. They are not that much money.

Bob
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Re: ADHOC and speed = grade B speed. DOCUMENTED

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Yea i read that article, yet my network status still says 54mbps...

Actually the Dlink Di624 retails for 100 CDN here in canada, unless i get a deal off ebay which i could but for nothing less than 50-60 CDN

The ad-hoc should work i just want to solve the above mentioned problems

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