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Setting up an ad hoc wireless network in Windows 7

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#1 Khirrkee


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Posted 22 August 2011 - 08:59 AM

I am using Spotifyís free service --- itís an amazing music site --- but can't sync my iPhone 4 with my base desktop computer; hence I can't listen to songs I've downloaded from Spotify on my desktop.

The instructions say that both the computer as well as iPhone 4 have to be on the same wireless network.
That's not possible in my home set up, since the base desktop computer is directly connected to a Verizon FiOS service and I can't get the base desktop computer to be on my home's wireless network. My desktop is a Dell Inspiron 570 running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.

It was suggested that I set up an ad hoc wireless network on my computer, so that I could then sync my Spotify songs. The instructions given to me (see below) didnít work since they don't apply to Windows 7 which is what I have, and I couldn't find a way to do it in Windows 7.

I would appreciate any ideas and help

Instructions for creating an ad hoc wireless network:
The following instructions assume you have a laptop or PC with a wireless network card. You do not need to have a wireless router/network as we will be creating our own ad-hoc network to establish a link between the PC and iPhone. Once the wireless connection is created, we will then describe how to route all Internet traffic through the wireless ad-hoc connection, and relay it through the PC out to the Internet.

To set up the wireless ad-hoc connection on the PC:

Open Wireless Network Connection Properties, select the Wireless Networks tab, and click the Add button.
Type iPhone in the Network Name (SSID) field.
Check the This Is a Computer-to-Computer (Ad-Hoc) Network; Wireless Access Points Are Not Used checkbox.
Click OK.
Click the Advanced button.
Select the Computer-to-Computer (Ad Hoc) Networks Only option.
Click Close and then click the General tab.
Next, configure the TCP/IP settings with static addresses:

In the Wireless Network Connection Properties window, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the Items list and click the Properties button.
Select Use the Following IP Address and enter in the IP Address field.
Enter in the Subnet Mask field.
Leave the remaining fields blank, and click the OK button.
Now we have to configure the iPhone to connect to the 802.11 wireless ad-hoc network. To do this, power up the iPhone and add the necessary settings:

Press the main Application button.
Select Settings, then select Wi-Fi from the menu.
Select the Other option, enter iPhone into the Name field, and press the Join button.
Once the iPhone network shows up in the Wi-Fi Networks page, press the blue arrow to enter the TCP/IP settings.
Select the [Static] button and enter in the Address field.
Next enter in the Subnet Mask field.
Scroll down the settings page and select the Manual button.
Enter in the Server field and 8080 in the Port field.
Tap the Wi-Fi Networks button at the top and select the new iPhone connection to join. It may tell you the connection is not available, but this should start the association/authentication process and result in a connection.
At this point, the hardware for both the PC and iPhone are configured for the ad-hoc connection. Once the settings are saved, your PC and iPhone should establish a wireless connection automatically.

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