WUSB54Gv2 and ad-hoc

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by yellowdog52, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. yellowdog52

    yellowdog52 Guest

    While I have setup a few small wireless LANs with APs, this is the first I have attempted with just adapters in ad-hoc mode. It does not work very well compared to WLANs with APs. My old b system with AP, bridge, USB all on a mix of 98 and XP is much less cranky.

    There are 3 WUSB54Gs, all in the same room, one on XP SP2, one on XP SP1, one on 98SE. Are these things supposed to autoconnect? The Linksys monitor says they are connected but I cannot get any traffic until I manually reconnect. Signal strength shows about 80% with connection speed of 54.

    The 98SE system really dislikes the adapter. As often as not it goes to a blue screen on booting when the adapter is connected.

    I am hoping that driver updates will help some. Most likely I will add an AP in there.

    Are ad-hoc networks inherently cranky or is this more of a bad choice of adapters?


  2. mrjones

    mrjones Network Guru Member

    Hi there,

    I have tried to setup two WUSB54G adapters on my two PC's in ad-hoc mode and I personally think it is a lost cause. Each adapter can see every other wireless network in my neighbourhood but they can't see each other even when they are only 5 feet apart.

    It's crazy. Anyone have any ideas how to get them to communicate with each other ?
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

  4. mrjones

    mrjones Network Guru Member

    I got it working !

    I removed the Linksys adapter utilities and am using the Microsoft Wireless Zero Configuration utility. The two adapters connected immediately.

    I then searched the net and installed a free ICS proxy server - AnalogX Proxy Server. Working like a charm. At least the other PC can now browse the internet and check email.

  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

  6. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    i would say that you should have kept the 802.11B ap in place for sanity purposes also the windows ics is way better it has realy good application triggered port forwarding. fully functioning NAT is better than proxy server remember that.

    even if it was free use the xp NAT
  7. doppler

    doppler Network Guru Member

    98 has problems with G cards.For XP make sure you dont install the WLAN monitor if you are using the WZC and try to give static IP addresses to the computers.It would help,however Ad-hoc network is cranky as there is no client/server approach
  8. booly

    booly Network Guru Member

    I've try hadoc with success using XP pro zero conf and fix IP addresses
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