Connect to your computer via ad-hoc network with Splashtop Remote

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If you know how to set up a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network on your computer, then Splashtop Remote can directly connect to your computer without a real Wi-Fi router existing.

Here are some important items that need to be satisfied in order to make a connection, via ad-hoc network, between your computer and the Splashtop Remote app:

  • Your computer should support WiFi connection.
  • Create an ad-hoc network on your computer with WEP encryption.
  • Assign a static IP address for your computer.
  • The tablet/phone could use a dynamic IP address assigned by your computer's ad-hoc network when connecting to it.

 

I.  How to create an ad-hoc network

For Vista:

  1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button vista_7.png, and then clicking Connect to.

  2. Click Set up a connection or network.

  3. Click Set up an ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network, click Next, and then follow the steps in the wizard, including giving an SSID (i.e. my ad-hoc) name.

  4. Check the box for Save this network.  Then on the next page, click Turn on Internet connection sharing.
  5. Please note that you must use Open for "Network Authentication," and WEP for "Data Encryption," which gives a 5-digit password.  This is for inputting on your tablet/phone when it will be connecting to this SSID (WiFi).

For more info about creating an ad-hoc network (including if you want to create an ad-hoc network for Windows XP andWin7), please click on the appropriate link below to view the related topic.

You should be able to Google for more info fairly easily, if needed.

note.pngAnother way to create an ad-hoc network is by using a third-party tool like Connectify.  Connectify is a small program that makes your Windows PC into a WiFi access point so you can connect other computers, your tablet, or phone to your PC.   Click here to see a good reference for how to install and use it.

When using Connectify, you will need to be Ethernet-connected.  Basically, it turns your computer into a "share point" to enable it to be connected to, by another computer or device.

For Mac:

1.  Click on the WiFi icon. Select Create Network....

 

Mac_Create_network_1.png

 

2.  You can change the Network Name, or leave it as the default.  You can also keep the same Channel or choose a new one.  If you want it to be secure, use a password, and this will make WEP required.  Unfortunately it is just WEP, but it's probably fine for temporary use. 

 

Mac_Create_network_2.png

 

3.  Click on the WiFi icon again.  Now you will see the Network Name there such as "My_Network," and connect you to it. You can now connect your iPad to this ad-hoc network with this SSID shown as "My_Network".

 

II.  Set up a static IP address for your computer

After you create the ad-hoc network successfully, you still need to set up a fixed IP address for your computer.  This is necessary and helpful when your tablet/phone will be connecting to it.  Here are the steps, using iPad/iPhone as an example:

For Vista:

1) Manually set up a static IP address for your PC:
     a.  From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
     b.  Select "Manage wireless networks" in the left panel.
     c.  Select the created ad-hoc network, and click Adapter Properties.  (If this triggers a Windows system warning message, please agree to proceed.)
     d.  In the Properties dialog, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties
     e.  Click "Use the following IP address" and specify the desired IP address.  For example:

    • IP address.  192.168.10.1
    • Subnet mask.  255.255.255.0
    • Default gateway and DNS setting by default

2) Confirm that the WiFi function on the PC has been enabled.

3) Confirm that the newly-created ad-hoc network has been connected (it will show "Waiting for users" when first connected).  Select this network name and click the "Connect" button which is accessed from the Windows Startbutton vista_7.png  >  Connect to, to enable it if it is not connected.

4) You're now done with the static IP address setup on the computer side.  However, for Windows XP, please refer to the link shown earlier ( http://www.labnol.org/software/ad-hoc-wireless-network-in-windows-xp/11486/ ) to complete the settings described here.

5) For Win7, please check this link for more info:  http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/windows-7-ad-hoc-network-configuration

For Mac OS

No need to assign a static IP address on Mac.

 

III.  Connect to your computer from your iPad/iPhone

1) Turn on your iPad/iPhone.  Launch Settings - Wi-Fi.  You should be able to see the new SSID name that was just now created for your computer in the list.
2) Choose this new SSID name from the Wi-Fi list, and input the 5-digit password that was set up by you just now (in the first section above).

3) Press the Home button to go back to the Home screen.

4) Now open the Splashtop Streamer software on your PC and check the IP address.  It should be what you specified in Properties  ("192.168.10.1" in our example).  The Streamer may need to be turned off, and turned on again, to refresh the IP.
5) Launch Splashtop Remote on your iPad/iPhone.  Add a new profile by tapping the '+' button in the upper left corner.

6) Input a computer name, type the IP address ("192.168.10.1" in our example), and then tap the Save button to save it.

7) Your computer should be "discovered" and you can connect to it.

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    Tom Potter
    I have had no luck with this. Any suggestions?
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    John

    "no luck" is probably hard for them to parse...how about some mroe random thoughts from someone also not having any luck.

    1. Win7/Dell/64bit + latest splashtop installs (at 29 Mar 2012)

    2. Followed set up of laptop to the letter, except for "II - 1) Enable "computer-to-computer network" on your PC." No idea what this means in the context of having just set up an ad hoc network in step (I). This network is "enabled" by virtue of its existence. What else is needed to "enable"?

    3. Nonetheless, the rest of the steps in (II) were fine. At the point of connecting with the new network, the status in the control panel shows: "Waiting for users" and the network details show excellent signal strength etc. So...my laptop must be doing its job fine. See attached.

    4. However, back on the Android (HTC Desire, v2.2), the WiFi control panel shows the ad hoc network, but it is "Not in range". Other WiFi networks in the building are visible, so I conclude splashtop is not configuring the network conneciton properly.

    What else can I do to troubleshoot?

    Aside to people considering this method: normally your networks are set to use automatically assigned values for IP and subnet mask. Although it's quite easy to change these settings, it means a) your other network connections (eg, to the company intranet) are likely to fail and b) as soon as you switch the adapter back to automatic, you lose splashtop's configuration, meaning the next time you want to use it we have to start over with the configuration (what were those numbers again??)




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    Jaff

    Hi all,

    We have made some mistakes and confusion in previous article, and we have tried to make them correct as possible as we can after the modifications, please try the modified steps in above article again and tell us if you still can't make it successful.

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    Young

    Doesn't seem to work for me

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    Tom Potter
    Where I run into problems is that streamer works okay with dhcp over a network, but when I create an ad hoc network connection with a static IP, Streamer drops its connection within Windows. The ad hoc connection can be made between IPad and the Win7 PC, but streamer drops its connection within Win7. Jaff, I really get the feeling that you guys haven't really done this and are at this point just showing us how it SHOULD work. I am not trying to be a jerk, I have just been in IT long enough to get the feel of when something is factual or theoretical. A quick video on YouTube would go a long way in convincing us that this is possible. This is an amazing app, I love it, but it would be much more useful if it worked ad hoc with the most popular OS in the world (win7) and the most popular mobile device in the world (iPad,iPod). Thanks, Tom
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    Tom Potter
    I get the same display as John, and also as soon as I go to a static IP , Streamer pops up and says has lost the connection and no longer displays an IP address in it's main window.
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    Mike Tranchemontagne

    I got this working, here's how.

    Windows 7, set up ad-hoc and fixed IP address as described above.  I used 192.168.1.20, and subnet mask 255.255.255.0

    iPad3, connected to the ad-hoc network, but went a couple steps further than info above. I wet into the details for this connection (the > symbol at the right side) and noticed that the IP address was set for DHCP, and wasn't in the 192.168.1.x range.  So I set it manually to 192.168.1.21 and subnet mask to 255.255.255.0

    One other thing, in the streamer, I went to settings advanced, and disabled the feature that reports usage back to spalshtop.com.  Without the internet connection, this can't work, hence the connection was lost message.

    So it all works fine.

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    Tom Potter
    Thanks Mike, I'll try it and report back.
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    Tom Potter
    Still no joy. My YouTube challenge stands....
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    Richard Chesher

    Please add my vote for a You Tube Splashtop Adhoc Challenge - I tried this on vista, xp AND windows 7 with my Android Gingerbread tablet. I've spend endless hours google/fiddling (foogling?) and working through the labyrinth of settings trying to get Splashtop to work without an Internet connection.

    What I really want to know is why is it so complicated? Splashtop is a great program - simple, easy to use, and it works fine - until you try it without a WiFi hotspot that can connect to the Internet. Surely a team as brilliant as the Splashtoppers can solve the riddle and offer a magic adhoc connect button - or at least a wizard? 

    You guys should see the agonizing about adhoc connections from Samsung Galaxy Tablets on the Samsung forum. Rooting is just the doorway into the black maze of ahdoc-ing Android tablets. Come on Splashtop, solve this and become even more successful.

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    Mike Tranchemontagne
    One other thing, in the streamer, I went to settings advanced, and disabled the feature that reports usage back to spalshtop.com.  Without the internet connection, this can't work, hence the connection was lost message.
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    Tom Potter
    Respectfully, show us or say it can't be done or fix it so it can. It is a great product otherwise.
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    Jaff

    Hi all,

    Splashtop Remote didn't do anything special when the connection is via ad-hoc, we only leverage the capability from OS(Windows and Mac OS). The only special things are setting up option "WEP" for this ad-hoc network and assign "Static IP" for Splashtop Streamer computer.

    There're tools help this purpose too, maybe you can have a google about ad-hoc tools to see if helps.

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    Mike Tranchemontagne

    I'm just another user, not with Splashcom.  I also struggled with the same error message about lost connection.  I discovered this is casued because a default setting is for the streamer to "phone home" i.e. report usage back to splashcom inc.  The error message makes you think you lost the adhoc connection, but in reality you lost (actually never had) a connection to the internet.  In my opinion this is a BUG in the default setup, that would be easily solved by Splashtop software engineers.  But there is also an easy work around as I have posted repeatedly above.

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    Richard Chesher

    DONE, EASY, but not the way it is described above. First, forget about adhoc connections - too hard. In fact, forget all of the above and simply get Connectify.me 

    I've done a little tutorial with screen shots at http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/connectify-splashtop-tutorial.html

    It's so easy I was totally amazed. Thanks go to Steve at Splashtop Support for telling me to google for virtual network software. Get Connectify , install it, select no internet connection my tablet connected to the connectify virtual access point. Super quick, super easy. 

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    Jaff

    Thanks for Richard's sharing, Connectify does make things simpler on adhoc network setting up.

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    Young
    Connectify is only for windows right? I've had a little bit of success connecting via an ad hoc network using my iPad and MacBook. 1)create network by clicking the wifi symbol on your MacBook and 'create network'. Add your computer password if prompted. Type in a desired network name, along with a channel setting of 6. Add a security password if you wish. 2)wait for the wifi icon to change to a computer. Go into system preferences, and then into network. You might have to wait a little and on the left, the wifi should be assigned to a 'self-assigned IP'. Click on 'advanced' and then on 'tcp/ip'. You should have an ipv4 address. Also make sure that the 'create computer-to-computer networks' box is checked. Click ok. 3)open the splashtop app on your computer and go to preferences. Under 'status' it should have the same ip address as step 2. 4)go to your settings on your iPad and find the wifi icon. Click the previously selected network name that you created (make sure that it is check marked). 5)wait a little while (2 minutes or so) and click on the arrow on the selected wifi network. You should have an ip address here. Once the ip address is shown, exit the screen and launch splashtop on your iPad. For me, it never connects right away. As the screen changes from the initial one, it'll search for a computer. When you see your MacBook, click it before it disappears again. Type in the password that you saved when you had initially connected to your desktop through splashtop. I don't know know all the technical stuff, but this works like 85% of the time. I have the latest versions of everything (osx, iOS). And I am also assuming that you've made a connection between your iPad and MacBook via splashtop using the Internet b4. Hope this helps.
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    Lotte Jensen

    Hi

    I have with great succes made an ad hoc network in win 7 home premium and uses splashtop to connect, works like a charm. Well Now I bought another ipad, it cannot connect - splashtop shows my computer then it dissapers and shows again and then dissapears for good. I have absolutely no idea what to do. I have made an ad hoc network without securitycode and yet as i manage to click on the computer application in splashtop while it is there it asks me for a securitycode and I enter the one made in the streamer but still it fails to connect. I have begun using this system as a speach to text reporter where my hearing disabled client uses the ipad to read what I write on the ipad. Therefore anyone, has any suggestions for me please???

    Lotte Jensen

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    Jaff

    @Lotte Jensen ,

    Have you tried assigned a fixed IP for computer?

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    Lotte Jensen

    Jaff,

    Last night i apperently solved the problem by manually writing the port number on the ipad but this is for win 7. On a computer with win XP I can´t make it work so maybe here it is relevant with the fixed IP for computer - I´ll try :o) thanks

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    R

    I have been able to make this work on a Acer laptop running W7 and a 3rd gen. iPad.  Is set up the Ad-hoc following the above steps & the wizard and used DHCP on both the PC & the iPad.  I think changing the channel that the Ad-hoc connection uses made it work...  Mine was set to channel 10 (default?) & I changed it to 1

         a.   From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
         b.  Select "Manage wireless networks" in the left panel.
         c.  Select the created ad-hoc network, and click Adapter Properties.  (If this triggers a Windows system warning message, please agree to proceed.

    d.  Under the connect using   ?????  wireless network adapter box click configure

    e. Click the advanced tab, and select the Adhoc channel selection

    f.  Change the value.  I changed it to 1 and it seemed to work...?

    I have also found I need do the following steps in this order for it to work.  (maybe it is the steps and not so much the channel selection?)

    - on the PC under wireless connection available, select 'connect' for the Adhoc.  Ignore the message that Streamer has lost the network connection.  You'll should see 'waiting for users' for the Adhoc

    - Connect to the adhoc network on the iPad (settings | Network)  You'll then see on the PC that the adhoc is no longer 'waiting for users' and now says 'connected'.  Streamer on PC will now say "You can now use your mobile device to connect to this computer"

    -  Launch Splashtop on your iPad

    - This next bit I don't understand, but it seems to work if you do the following.  Splashtop will search for computers and not find any.  Click the blue arrow to the right of the device you are trying to connect to. Just click 'save' (upper left corner)  Now it says found automatically at ....  click the device icon  and the remote session works.

     

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    Jason Lovell

    This seemed to work great with splashtop.  However after upgrading to Splashtop2, it no longer works with Ad Hoc networks.  I understand that Splashtop2 might need to have an actual connection to the internet.   How can I go back to the previous version of Splashtop?

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    Jaff

    @Jason Lovell,

    Not sure what version of Splashtop app you are using, in our test, Splashtop 2 pairing with Streamer 2 still work on ad-hoc network. The only difference is Splashtop 2 needs to create another Splashtop account and log it in on both ipad and computer ONCE at least. It means your ipad and computer need to connect to Internet ONCE to login Splashtop account at least.

    Link of create Splashtop account: http://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/21632007-how-do-i-upgrade-to-splashtop-2-and-get-a-free-anywhere-access-pack-for-ipad-only

    If you are not iPad user, and use Streamer v2.0.0.4 on your computer. Actually you can roll back to previous Streamer to make things simple.

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/80583317/ST_IRIS00_SVR_v1.7.5.6_20120316.exe

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    R

    Dunno...  seems broken to me. Ad Hoc worked just fine with the old version - in fact everything worked fine with the old version.

    I updated Streamer to ver. 2 on my pc.  Created & logged into the account on the PC (while connected to the internet)

    Updated Remote Desktop on my iPad to ver. 2.  Created & logged into the account on the PC (while connected to the internet); used the same account info for both PC & iPad btw...

    Started remote session, and it worked fine,found the PC etc.  Logged out & tried again (still connected to internet) and Remote Desktop starts, shows the "Splashtop" screen like it is loading, then reverts back to the 'home screen with the application icon.

    Uninstalling Splashtop, re-installing, set account, etc. gets it to work onthe iPad- once.

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    R
    Well... I got it to work on Ad Hoc. Created a service ticket to support and received a reply that my issue launching the app on the iPad was likely being caused by my password having a space character. Created a new password (w/o spaces), started a remote session over the Internet - success. Then shutdown Internet, made an Ad Hoc network connection, and started a remote session - success.
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    Rich

    Let me say this:  the most awesome thing about this app is that it is "free to try" - If I'd have paid for this piece of junk, I'd be really ticked! I, too, have followed the instructions to the letter, and not so much as a flicker of a change. Thank you for making it free so we can see that it won't work as advertised. 

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    Lotte Jensen

    Rich, I now use the program Connectify-me to create at hotspot I can use with splashtop. When you have made your ad hoc network it´s IP-adress should show in the splashtop streamer. Well it didn´t show on my computer but when I use Connectify-me to make the hotspot INSTEAD OF using an ad hoc network, an IPadress shows immidiatly in the splashtop streamer on my pc and both my ipad and android tablet shows the network under wi-fi, so I connect and then open the splashtop app on my Ipad and connect when it shows my computer name. Connectify-me should be set up as no internet sharing.

    Lotte

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    rob macfarlane

    OK, I've been at this for two nights hours, several hours each - all cannot connect the iPad (3rd generation) to my Windows XP service pack 3 laptop.  I'm on the boat, and which to view/interact with the laptop's display on the iPad.

    I've tried the ad-hoc network ad-nauseum, and could not get SplashTop to connect to the XP machine.  This is despite the iPad WiFi connection settings saying that it had connected to the XP ad-hoc network.

    After reading these comments regarding Connectify, I've installed that on my WinXP box, set up the connectify client as follows:

    Disconnect WinXP from internet (as is normal for being on the boat)

    Start Connectify, with these settings:

    Hotspot Name Connectify-1

    password - 10 characters and numbers only, no unusual characters or spaces

    Share Over WiFi

    Starting Mode WiFi Ad-Hoc, Encrypted (WEP)

    The connectify-1 hotspot is running on WinXP

    I started SplashTop Streamer on WinXP with these settings:

    Uncheck Improve this product (under Settings)

    Security: require security code, and enter the same security code as in the Connectify Hotspot Password

    Advanced: shows ip address 192.168.182.1, port number 6783

    on iPad running ios5, go to settings, select network, select WiFi, and it shows as connected to CONNECTIVY-1 (this should be the WinXP laptop), i've set the IP address to be static set the ip address to match the WinXP box, subnet mask 255.255.255.0. NTTP Proxy is off.

    This suggests the iPad is connecting to Connectify-1 (WinXP box), yet the Connectify-1 client shows 0 clients connecting.  I've verified the ports are open on the WinXP firewall... so it makes me suspicious that the iPad claims to be connected yet the WinXP box shows no client connections.

    Any suggestions, SplashTop?

    - rob

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