Connect iPad to Adhoc Network/Shared Internet Connection

Discussion in 'iPad' started by krimedog, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. krimedog macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    iPad users -

    Really enjoying the new iPad. I've been successful tethering it to my iPhone 3G and using the internet with 3G speed. Although 3G speed is decent for many applications, I'd rather use a LAN network when available.

    I'd like to form an Adhoc wireless network where I work (no wireless available) and use the internet from a network cable plugged into my Windows laptop. Do you think I stand a chance? Anyone try this yet?

  2. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
  3. ReallyOldGuy macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2010
    and how pray tell did you tether to your iPhone?
  4. krimedog thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2007
    How to Tether iPad to iPhone

    1. Jailbreak iPhone (I used windows RedSnow on iPhone firmware 3.1.2 without issues)
    2. Open Cydia
    3. Install MyWi/Create RockIt Account
    4. Turn ON WiFi Tethering in MyFi application
    5. Connect to appropriate WiFi network on iPad

    Let me know if you have any questions
  5. carrisco macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    I know it works with a Macbook (Pro) but I haven't played with Windows laptops for quite awhile. The Mac allows you to share the internet connection over any non-used & capable I/O (wireless can be shared through LAN, LAN shared through wireless and either one shared via Bluetooth).

    I would be very surprised if Windows didn't have something of the same sort (well, actually, maybe not that surprised). :D

    This looks like a good place to start:



  6. MarkCap macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2010
    I tried the 'internet sharing' feature on my macbook, but the iPad and my iPhone are having trouble joining. I've gotten it to connect once and it was super slow. Anyone else having a similar problem or have a solution to mine?
  7. khurtwilliams macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2008
    You may want to talk to your employers about what you are about to do. I know that at my employer your "unauthorised' wireless network would be detected during one of our network survery, you would be shut down and most like fired.
  8. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I do this at work from a Windows 7 box with a $20 USB wifi adapter plugged in, and it works just fine. You can ignore all the stuff about jailbreaking, this is not necessary as all you're doing here is creating a little wifi network that your iPad can join (as it would join any other wifi network). Just follow the wizards for ad-hoc creation, and then share the connection. Password protection would be a very good idea.
  9. khurtwilliams macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2008
    Tethering does not mean what you think it means.

    Tethering is the use of a mobile device such as a mobile phone to supply Internet access for another device which is otherwise unconnected, using the mobile device as a modem. This can be done through Bluetooth wireless technology or cables (such as USB).

    Is your iPhone connected to your iPad via Bluetooth or USB?
  10. purplehayes macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2010
    Works Great

    Hello There,

    Just thought that I would post that my adhoc connection works great. I had one issue which is why I am posting....

    Laptop is Win 7... connected to net via Cable and an adhoc was set up using basic settings in win for the wireless. I set it up with WEP security.

    Connected IPAD to the connection, it was connecting and working fine but not getting internet... it was able to use the AJI service to transfer files to my PDF viewer.

    I made sure that the cabled connection had sharing clicked as on but still not internet connection. Then I went into my FIREWALL which is BITDEFFENDER and enabled internet connection sharing in my firewall.....

    Now it works great....

  11. TenagneHM macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    Thanks KhurtWilliams

    I was trying to do the same, then researched my company's internet policies and found that I too would have been fired if I had done this. Thanks for saving my job!!

  12. delasol macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2010
    Turn your Windows 7 Laptop into a real router

    All you need is a software called 'Connectify'.

    It is free of charge and is available for Windows 7 only. It is such an incredibly good piece of work, that you can't believe why it comes free of charge. Connectify will emulate your Wifi-Card into a real router, allowing more than 1 wireless connection from whatever device (E72, iPad, iPhone, other Laptop) in order to share the internet connection from your Windows 7 host. The internet connection can be LAN, or WiFi. If it is WiFi, the WiFi card will be used concurrently as router and as internet connection. Magic!
  13. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I visit client sites very often to provide IT support, and instead of asking for their WiFi key, I would connect my own Airport Express (already preconfigured in Bridge Mode) to their network.

    In Bridge Mode, your iPad and any other device that would connect to your Airport Express (up to a total of 10), will get an IP address from the network's DHCP Server. If there's no DHCP Server on the network, you would need to manually configure your iPad with an IP address.

    I think your current configuration is slow because you may be double-NATting.

    The Airport Express solution is the most clean and easy solution I have found up to date. There's no need to reconfigure it every time you connect a different network.

    If you'll still want to try configuring your Windows PC to do this for you, I have noticed that in theory, it should work great, but in reality, it doesn't work or perform as expected, specially if you have installed 3rd party security software such as personal firewalls, etc.
    You could also try the solution Delasol shows you above. I haven't tried it, but I might for a different project I have. Hopefully it will work for you. :D

    If you could spend the $100 for the AE, it's well worth it.
  14. capjdc macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2011
    ipad adhoc connection to wireless printer

    I too am interested in making an adhoc connection with my IPad. What I would like to accomplish is printing from my ipad to a wireless printer. I would not have a computer or router hooked up to this printer. I'm trying to set up a mobile office solution where I could print in a pinch. Has anyone done this or know how?

    Thank you
  15. khurtwilliams macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2008
    Well ... you can't sent anything to the printer without something to route those data packets to the printer. Last time I checked printers are not designed to talk directly to computers without a cable.

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