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Old 02-03-2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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cannot ping in ad-hoc lan

I have a slackware 13.1 tower computer and an Ubuntu 10.04 netbook. The netbook has an Atheros AR9285 wireless adapter, and I just recently got a Netgear WG111v3 USB wireless for the tower. I got the ndiswrapper driver working for the Netgear, and I have been previously been using the Ubuntu wifi without problem.

My goal is to get an ad-hoc lan set up between the two computers, and it seems that I have almost succeed. The laptop says it is connected, but neither computer can ping the other.

Here is what I did.
On the tower:

# ifconfig wlan0 down
# iwconfig wlan0 channel 1 mode ad-hoc essid 'lan' key off
# ifconfig

On the laptop I did the same thing with the ip, but when that didn't work I typed iwconfig to see if everything was correct and the essid key was scrambled. I then tried using Ubuntu's network manager to connect. I connected to 'lan' and, after I manually set the ip and netmask, it said I had a very strong connection.

Here is the problem. Despite the fact that Ubuntu says I am connected I can't ping either computer. Ping always returns "Destination Host Unreachable." when I try to ping the other computer.

I am currently fairly new to setting up ad-hoc networks and was wondering what I could do to troubleshoot.

Thanks in advance
Old 02-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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Let me preface my remarks by stating that I have *never* been able to set up an ad hoc connection. But then I've never tried in Linux.

That said, you might check your cards to be sure they are in ad hoc mode. In that other OS you'd be looking at advanced settings on the wireless card itself.

By the way, I always got stumped just where you are. It might have to do with IP autoconfig if such exists in Linux, it may be assigning 169.254.n.n which doesn't work for anything (printers, my experience). It may be that the type A address causes this, I haven't looked carefully, but some A addresses are for specific purposes, although your mask should take care of that. Maybe setting one or more of the address blocks in your address to a specific address will work? Like this:

mask: IP: 169.254.74.any with the second computer as mask: same IP: 169.254.74.someotherany


mask IP: 169.254.0.any IP: 169.254.0.someotherany

note that any cannot be 0 or 255 in your last address block

good luck (P.S. these addresses are something I hadn't thought to try when I was attempting this)

Old 02-05-2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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It seems to be a driver issue.
I have it working, but not consistently.
Old 02-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by dwim View Post
It seems to be a driver issue.
I have it working, but not consistently.
Sounds familiar. What sort of card are you using? The only Linux experience I have with Wifi cards is the Broadcom which company doesn't provide open source drivers.


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