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Wannabe Geek

#1105 20-Feb-2004 22:51
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Yesterday I have bought myself a Netgear MA101 USB Wireless Adapter for my laptop (doesnt have PCMCIA). I connected it and all lights are nicely lit up. In my PocketPC (Fujitsu Pocket Loox 600) I have a Pretec CF 802.11b card and I want to use ad-hoc ICS from my laptop (connected to broadband cable) to my PocketPC.

I have installed the drivers for XP and it detects it nicely. In my systray I see the Windows "Network not found" incon and that one of NetGear.

Problem 1) My Configuration Utility only shows the tabs Status & About and not the configuration tabs as shown in the manual.

I enter the Network Configuration of Windows and goto Wireless Configuration and choose under Advanced, that I want to connect "Ad Hoc Only" (I dont have an Access Point anyways). After this, I create a new "test" network, Open, no WEP and see in the Netgear Status Window: test network Ad-Hoc 802.11 connected.

Now, when I open my PocketPC and set as the IP, and select Ad Hoc 802.11 (not just Ad Hoc), then I see my status light blinking (normally a sign that there's NO connection!) and it displays as status "connected to test" on Channel 10, but I can not get outside (laptop)! However, when I choose Ad Hoc, my status led is ON (normally a sign that its connected) but then it displays as Status: Disconnected and I cant even ping my laptop!

Problem 2) See description above

What am I doing wrong? I've configured ICS with no firewall on my laptop, checked Channel which is 10 as well, I can see the SSID under Active Wireless Networks and apparently can connect (because when I try and configure the PocketPC as I get conflict of IP address).

The card can also be used as PCMCIA (through a PCMCIA->CF slot) and I usually use that Pretec card as a WLAN card for my 2nd laptop (no problems at all). When I try and configure my 2nd laptop through Ad-Hoc however, it once again totally doesnt work. Same as my PocketPC, I can ping, but thats it.

The Pretec and the Netgear both support Ad Hoc 802.11, but it just doesnt seem to work. Please provide me with your suggestions! Thanks!

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Wannabe Geek

  #3751 21-Feb-2004 06:59
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i can only help with the tab problem -- go to windows and scan for updates with device plugged in --- there will be an update for wireless

now i have all the tabs but i also still can't get it to work
my bluetooth works but not my ma111


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Wannabe Geek

  #3760 21-Feb-2004 18:21
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Thanx dude! Will try that out tonight! :) Hope we can get it fixed. I really wanna use my PocketPC as a video display device while lying on my bed :)


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Ultimate Geek

  #4331 19-Mar-2004 20:37

so does the laptop respond to a ping from the pda and vice versa?

if so set your default gateway and dns correctlly, otherwise it sounds like ics isnt working

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Wannabe Geek

  #5626 9-May-2004 21:39
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to this forum and have been reading about the adhoc problems. I'm suffering from the same and would appreciate some help/advice.
I'm using a Netgear MA111 usb dongle on my PC and a Buffalo Airstation WL12-CF-S11 compact flash card in my Ipaq 2210.
After a lot of messing about with supplied drivers, I've found out that Buffalo have not yet supplied them for Pocket PC2003. Found a forum that recommended an Ambicom beta driver which seems to work in that the card is recognised and the lights flash.
Further messing around now tells me that both devices are connected althugh I can't seem to do anything in terms of file transfer, email or getting on the net.
Signal strength on the PC seems to wax & wane even though the two wifi devices are within a few feet of each other.
Can anyone help?

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