Solved

How to make Windows Vista connect automatically to a Wireless ad-hoc network

Posted on 2008-06-24
3
3,357 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a ToughBook laptop running Windows Vista Business.  I want to connect this laptop to my wireless Zebra printer.  This is done by creating an ad-hoc wireless connection between the two devices.  The issue is in Vista the ad-hoc network connects manually.  This is a pain because every time the user goes out of range of the printer or the printer is powered off they have to go in and manually connect to the printer  again.   Before in windows XP I had the option to Connect Automatically Now this option only appears if I am connecting to an access point.  Is there a way to connect automatically to an ad-hoc network in Vista?
0
Comment
Question by:RMAHelpDesk
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 48

Accepted Solution

by:
Mikal613 earned 500 total points
ID: 21864750
automatic ad-hoc in vista

this guide helps you to share your dsl/cable internet connection without a need of a wireless router using only a windows vista laptop that has a wifi adhoc capabilities

1st: go to control panel and hit on networking. click on manage connections and setup a new wifi adhoc network and for example we'll name it "wireless"
2nd: after your name the network profile its for you to have it secure or not.
3rd:save your network
4th: go to task scheduler and create a task name it as 'automatic adhoc'
5th: the program you need to run is called netsh.exe(you can find this at c:/windows/system32/)and add this following
command "wlan connect name=profilename" without the quotes ok. change the profilename into wireless
6th: do not start in windows startup but choose to start it in windows logon
7th: now you're good to go. everytime you turn on your laptop you can share it in you neighborhood
0
 

Author Comment

by:RMAHelpDesk
ID: 21866873
Doesn't completely solve my issue but can be used as a work around.  My laptop isn't being rebooted very often.  My wireless connections drops when my laptop goes to sleep or the wireless printer goes to sleep due to inactivity.  As a work around I could put an icon on the desktop to "restart" the connection.  This solution just isn't as simple and clean as the "Connect Automatically" option we had in XP.
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:Mikal613
ID: 21866922
welcome to vista :)
0

Featured Post

Give your grad a cloud of their own!

With up to 8TB of storage, give your favorite graduate their own personal cloud to centralize all their photos, videos and music in one safe place. They can save, sync and share all their stuff, and automatic photo backup helps free up space on their smartphone and tablet.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
AP's for Motorola RFS6000 Controller 1 32
Pictures cut off when texting 13 99
mini spy rotating camera 3 52
Wireless network monitoring 8 53
Hopefully this article will help someone who's had the same issues I had. I have a Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card and Windows 7, and for the past couple of days I was beyond frustrated because my wireless laptop was not able to access the Inte…
I recently purchased a Bluetooth headset called the Music Jogger (model BSH10). The control buttons on it look like this: One of my goals is to use it as the microphone and speakers for Skype calls. In that respect, it works well. However, I …
This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

20 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now