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We are testing temporary wireless connectivity for our iPads via an HP laptop. We are doing this because we currently do not have a wireless network here.
The laptop is on a domain. It uses HP Wireless Assistant to control the wireless adapter.
There are no Group Policy restrictions for setting this type of connection up. I am a domain administrator.
I have set up an wireless ad hoc network on the machine and allowed connection sharing on the Local Area Connection.

With Wireless LAN turned on in the HP Wireless Assistant, when I click connect on my ad hoc connection, I get "Windows was unable to connect to..."
If I turn off Wireless LAN in the HP Wireless Assistant and try connect again, it connects and displays "Waiting for users"
Devices can't connect because the WLAN is off
I cannot turn on Wireless LAN until I disconnect from my ad hoc network
With Wireless LAN turned on in the HP Wireless Assistant, I am back at point 1

Any assistance will be appreciated.
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do you have the channel setting on auto or specific channel...? i find usually channel 6 or 11 works best..
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I share my laptops internet , but I am only able to use the Ethernet cable to share it to one other device.  

I am not sure if you can share the wireless and have other wireless devices connect to it.

That all so may depend on the driver for the wireless card , and the mode the card can  be put into.
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I should add that I have not seen this available or "built into windows".
I have seen software to do this.
http://www.connectify.me/download-lite/
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I found this will work good if you are using windows 7.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcLxatu6t44&feature=g-vrec&context=G2dabb4bRVAAAAAAAAAw
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"Set up wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network" is a standard feature of Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center.

I have line speed issues and am struggling to watch the video. It doesn't have great comments though. There seems to be a better one called "How to turn your PC into a wi-fi hotspot ? [HD]" which I will watch as soon as my line is sorted.
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The YouTube video "How to turn your PC into a wi-fi hotspot ? [HD]" was the closest answer to what I am trying to achieve. I don't want to run software to do this.
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