PC to PC via wifi - but no router


  1. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
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    PC to PC via wifi - but no router


    I'm trying to setup a wireless connection between two computers. Both have a wifi adapter installed and are a bit away from each other where I can't run an ethernet cable. The title isn't completely true - I do have a router ready, but one of the pc's absolutely refuses to connect to it. I dropped the signal back from N to G just in case and it still won't connect - the key is correct but refuses to connect no matter what I do. I have a very limited amount of time to try and get these computers hooked up tomorrow so I'm looking for a direct or even ad hoc network setup.

    If I set up an ad hoc network with one as an access point, will that setup (done through commands in command prompt, I see) be "permanent"? What I'm ultimately trying to do is have both of these computers setup for Kodi, the media player - one hosts all the media, the other accesses it wirelessly. If I setup an ad hoc network tomorrow and then leave the house, will they be able to shut both computers down and power them up and have it all still set up and ready to go?

    What's the best way of doing that? I have to leave it with a somewhat permanent setup as it's my sister's house and she lives quite far away and nobody in the house is remotely tech capable, or even aware for that matter.

    To sum up -

    One pc can't access a router's wifi connection no matter what I do, need two computers to connect wirelessly and share media and have it be something of a permanent connection between them.
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  2. Posts : 6,979
    windows 10
       #2

    Its simpler to get the router working how old is the pc that wont connect and what is the adpater if its old it may not understand modern encryption try setting the router to open does it work then if it does then try wep
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  3. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    It would definitely be simpler to get the router working but I have very limited time to get this thing going and a quick look at "Windows 10 won't connect to router via wifi" brought me pages full of people swearing up and down that this method worked for them, or this, or this, and they all insist that nothing else worked for them. Such solutions include resetting the router (I plugged the router in for the first time earlier today), renaming the router, resetting the network adapter, etc. I just don't have the time to try and figure out why one pc won't connect to it.

    But since you asked, the living room pc (Core i5 3335s) is the one that won't connect and it has a TP-Link TL-WN881ND, with the latest drivers as of perhaps a year ago. The other pc (Core i3 somethingorother) is in a bedroom and has an Intel 6300AGN (I think). The living room pc with the TP Link is the one that refuses to connect. The router is a Huawei HG659 (I think).
    Last edited by Azhrei; 26 Oct 2019 at 17:13.
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  4. Posts : 6,979
    windows 10
       #4

    On the one that wont connect what error do you get? open a cmd prompt then type

    ipconfig /all

    post results
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  5. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I don't have access to the pc right now, and I will only have a short time with it later today, maybe as much as an hour, maybe less, so I can't do these things. Of course fixing whatever is wrong with the WiFi adapter that won't connect to the router will be the easiest, obvious fix, but I just don't have the time to start troubleshooting unfortunately.
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