Is it possible to connect to a Windows 7 adhoc wireless network without jailbreaking from an iPad 3 running iOS 5.1?

I have tried these instructions, including the Manual IPs (with my own IPs and subnet mask etc)

The iPad can see the network but will not connect (unable to connect or similar generic error).


Yes this is definitely possible. I have created an ad hoc network on windows 7 and connected to it with my iPad 3.

  1. Go to control panel > Network and Sharing Center
  2. Click setup a new connection or network
  3. Scroll down and choose Click setup a wireless ad hoc network
  4. give a network name and choose WEP encryption from the dropdown list. The password should be 10 characters long and I used all numeric digits for this.
  5. tick save this network. and click next at the bottom to create the network.
  6. On your iPad or other device select your network which will be broadcast with the name you chose and connect to that network with the password yo uused in step 4.
  7. If the device fails to connect, try repeating this process again. It took me a couple times but worked eventually.
  8. After Connecting, you must also setup network sharing in order to connect to the internet. You must have an internet connection on either LAN or a different Wireless card or some other device. Go to the Network and Sharing Center again in COntrol Panel.
  9. Choose on the left sidebar Change adapter settings to get to Network Connections
  10. select the network connection that is connected to the internet (The LAN or alternate wireless / other device) and right click and choose properties.
  11. Go to the Sharing tab and check Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection.
  12. Select the network connection that you were using to broadcast the ad hoc network for the associated network connection.
  13. Click on the Settings button which will bring up a window with a list of services to allow or deny for users using this internet connection via the ad hoc ICS (internet connection sharing)
  14. Check at least HTTP and probably HTTPS protocols, SMTP for email, POP3 for email as well if you need, etc... and Click Ok when you're done.
  15. Click Ok again on the original window. In some cases you may need to restart the network connection connected to the internet for the changes to take effect.

I hope this helps!

  • WEP is trivial to crack (no matter how long the key is) and should be avoided at all costs. Also there is no need to tick any services in the internet connection sharing settings - those are if you are hosting those services on the iPhone which you definitely are not. – André Borie Dec 1 '16 at 10:41
  • 34 thousand views on this question and only 4 upvotes on this awesome answer? Show some gratitude people =( – Gaspa79 Jan 9 '17 at 18:04

I'm able to connect with my iPod Touch to Windows hosted ad-hoc network under these preferences: Encryption is WEP, key is numerical only (10 digits). Don't have to provide manual addresses.

  • Does that include internet connection sharing i.e you can access the internet via Windows? – codecowboy Aug 30 '12 at 15:15
  • Yes it does. You need to tick Share this connection on the Properties of the interface you use on Windows to connect to internet for it to work. And you have to have standard Windows Internet Connection Service running – iskra Aug 30 '12 at 15:53

You just can’t create an ad-hoc network and expect devices to get internet access. You will have to download an app like Virtual Router which will allow you to get internet access on the iPad.

You will also get WPA2 encryption with Virtual Router, as opposed to WEP, which I don’t consider encryption at all.

EDIT: I was just thinking about this again, and now I realise that we are setting up Wi-Fi Direct instead of an ad-hoc network. An ad-hoc network doesn’t support anything but WEP. By the way, Wi-Fi Direct is way better than ad-hoc networking.

  • See answer above yours – codecowboy Aug 30 '12 at 14:42
  • That won’t provide internet access. – duci9y Aug 30 '12 at 14:59
  • Lots of people on the internet are saying different – codecowboy Aug 30 '12 at 15:10
  • WPA2 is also available for adhoc networks in Windows 7 – codecowboy Aug 30 '12 at 16:30
  • You have to go to many places to do all that stuff. Virtual Router is a complete package. – duci9y Aug 30 '12 at 16:38

Hey guys _ I was able to get around all of this using iPad and Win7 by bridging the adapters on the win7 side.. It allows the wifi to route directly through the LAN port, and then you get direct adhoc access to your dhcp server and gateway..

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    Welcome to this site! To make your answer more helpful could you please add the detailed steps necessary on Windows side to set this up? – nohillside Mar 26 '13 at 6:22

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