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iPod Touch "Unable to join the network" error

Posted on 2011-02-17
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Dear Experts,

I have attempted to establish a wireless ad-hoc network connection with my iPod Touch that I call, “Homeland Security”. It appears to have been established correctly.

The reason I created it was because I want to sync my iPod Touch applications (Documents 2 Go and HandDBase) with my desktop-side applications on my PC. Both of these applications require sync via wireless connection. My goal is to do this without buying a wireless router.

The iPod sees my laptop. However when I enter the password, I get an error message from my iPod Touch that says, “Unable to join the network “Homeland Security” and it prompts me to Dismiss.
I’m trying to isolate the problem.

My Dell laptop with Windows 7 has a built-in Broadcom Network adapter. Device Manger lists it as being a Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card. There is no switch on the side of my laptop. I'm entering the password correctly each time. My encryption is set to WPA2-Personal, and the type is AES. I use Webroot Anti-Virus with no firewall other than the one that comes with Windows 7.

At the current time, I'm only trying to create a wireless internet connection.

Does this have anything to do with IPv6 being enabled or not enabled? I’ve checked the threads in this forum and the Internet. Moreover, the Troubleshooter hasn’t been tremendously helpful.

Where else might I check for problems?
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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Adhoc only supports wep.
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by:9XqUwH3S
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Dear aarontomosky,

OK. I hear you saying that there's an incompatibility of encryption issue preventing me from connceting. Is that right?

Is a wireless router necessary to connect the iPod to the laptop?

Sincerely,
Steve
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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While the lapop will let you choose wpa or wpa2 for creating an adhoc connection don't do it. Only use wep. Anything but wep is incompatible and you won't be able to connect.
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by:9XqUwH3S
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aarontomosky,

Thank you for replying on your Mobile.

So, it sounds like buying a cheap wireless router at Walmart will do the trick. I should be able to configure a wireless router to use the WEP encryption that you are suggesting. Is that about right?

Correct me if I'm wrong or if you think I should pursue a cheaper option.

I appreciate your advice.

Thank you again.

Steve
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Aaron Tomosky earned 500 total points
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A router is the right way to do it. I suggest buffalo, netgear, linksys, or dlink.

I have used the adhoc on my laptop in a pinch at a hotel with only a wired connection so my phone and iPad can get faster Internet. It works fine but adhoc is limited to wep, no matter what silly choices Microsoft gives you.

If you buy a wireless router, use wpa2.
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by:9XqUwH3S
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Thank you so much. It appears that the WPA2 that Microsoft gives me does not use WEP as you recommend.

I'll take your advice.

Again, thanks a million. This was something I needed to do but didn't have the experience or knowhow to accomplish.

I'll think of your kindess when I make my first ad hoc connection with the iPod.

Yours,
Steven in Ohio
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