Having Windows 8.1 and then connecting to a wireless network, sometimes it may create some problems. Well I use Ubuntu most of the time, but I have a friend who use Windows and recently upgraded to Windows 8.1. So the other day, we were doing some project and he needed to connect to Internet. So, I created an Ad Hoc WiFi network on my Ubuntu, but he was unable to locate the network on his PC. Then we came to know about the problem, so we looked for the solution.

I thought for writing about it coz it may be a problem for a lot of people. So, here’s the solution which can help you:

Step 1:

First of all open your Command Prompt (Open Start menu and then search ‘cmd’).

opening-cmd

Step 2:

Now to see all networks in range, including Ad Hoc, run this command in command shell:

netsh wlan show networks

showing networks

Here the Ad-hoc network to which I am going to connect is ‘ssh’.

Step 3:

Now comes the setup part for setting the network. This must be done once per network.

  • Go to “Network and Sharing Center”
  • Click “Set up a new connection or network”new connection
  • Double click “Manually connect to a wireless network”manually connect
  • Enter the SSID of the Ad Hoc WiFi network (as shown by “netsh wlan show networks”) into the “Network name” field (here ‘ssh’).
  • Configure security settings accordingly.

manual-configuration

  • Uncheck “Start this connection automatically” (important)
  • Click “Next”, then “Close”

Step 4:

Run the following command :

netsh wlan set profileparameter <ssid> connectiontype=ibss

Replace <ssid> with the SSID of the network to which you are connecting (Here ‘ssh’).

set-profile-parameter

Step 5:

After setting up the network, run this command whenever you want to connect:

netsh wlan connect <ssid>

Replace <ssid> with the SSID of the network to which you are connecting (Here “ssh”).

connect-to-network

Hovering over WiFi icon in system tray will show the name of the network that you are currently connected to, even if it’s an  Ad Hoc WiFi network (the network picker will not show it if it’s ad-hoc). The name is also visible in “Network and Sharing Center” window.

Now if you want to disconnect from the network, you can:

  • Connect to a different network,
  • Turn off WiFi, or
  • Run the following command:

netsh wlan disconnect

disconnect-from-network

To remove the Ad-hoc network profile from Windows, run the following command:

netsh wlan delete profile <ssid>

Replace <ssid> with the SSID the network which you want to delete (here “ssh”)

delete-network

 

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