If you know how to set up a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network on your computer, then Splashtop Personal (formerly known as Splashtop 2) for iPad only can directly connect to your computer without a real Wi-Fi router existing.
Here are some important items that need to be satisfied in order to make a connection, via ad-hoc network, between your computer and the Splashtop Personal (Splashtop 2) app:
- Your computer must support WiFi connection.
- Create an ad-hoc network on your computer with WEP encryption.
- Assign a static IP address for your computer.
- The tablet/phone could use a dynamic IP address assigned by your computer's ad-hoc network when connecting to it.
I. How to create an ad-hoc network
Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Connect to.
Click Set up a connection or network.
Click Set up an ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network, click Next, and then follow the steps in the wizard, including giving an SSID (i.e. my ad-hoc) name.
- Check the box for Save this network. Then on the next page, click Turn on Internet connection sharing.
- Please note that you must use Open for "Network Authentication," and WEP for "Data Encryption," which gives a 5-digit password. This is for inputting on your tablet/phone when it will be connecting to this SSID (WiFi).
For more info about creating an ad-hoc network (including if you want to create an ad-hoc network for Windows XP and Win7), please click on the appropriate link below to view the related topic (you can get more from Google).
- For Win8 : You can easily Google tons of articles for this purpose.
- For Win7: http://www.techtipsgeek.com/wireless-ad-hoc-network-windows-7-share...
- For Windows XP: http://www.labnol.org/software/ad-hoc-wireless-network-in-windows-x...
- For Mac: http://www.thinkmac.net/tutorials/2009/7/27/create-wireless-ad-hoc-...
You should be able to Google for more info fairly easily, if needed.
Another way to create an ad-hoc network is by using a third-party tool like Connectify. Connectify is a small program that makes your Windows PC into a WiFi access point so you can connect other computers, your tablet, or phone to your PC. Click here to see a good reference for how to install and use it (only works for Win7 and Win8).
When using Connectify, you will need to be Ethernet-connected. Basically, it turns your computer into a "share point" to enable it to be connected to, by another computer or device.
1. Click on the WiFi icon. Select Create Network....
2. You can change the Network Name, or leave it as the default. You can also keep the same Channel or choose a new one. If you want it to be secure, use a password, and this will make WEP required. Unfortunately it is just WEP, but it's probably fine for temporary use.
3. Click on the WiFi icon again. Now you will see the Network Name there such as "My_Network," and connect you to it. You can now connect your iPad to this ad-hoc network with this SSID shown as "My_Network".
II. Set up a static IP address for your computer
After you create the ad-hoc network successfully, you still need to set up a fixed IP address for your computer. This is necessary and helpful when your tablet/phone will be connecting to it. Here are the steps, using iPad/iPhone as an example:
1) Manually set up a static IP address for your PC:
a. From the Start Menu, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
b. Select "Manage wireless networks" in the left panel.
c. Select the created ad-hoc network, and click Adapter Properties. (If this triggers a Windows system warning message, please agree to proceed.)
d. In the Properties dialog, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
e. Click "Use the following IP address" and specify the desired IP address. For example:
- IP address. 192.168.10.1
- Subnet mask. 255.255.255.0
- Default gateway and DNS setting by default
2) Confirm that the WiFi function on the PC has been enabled.
3) Confirm that the newly-created ad-hoc network has been connected (it will show "Waiting for users" when first connected). Select this network name and click the "Connect" button which is accessed from the Windows Start button > Connect to, to enable it if it is not connected.
4) You're now done with the static IP address setup on the computer side. However, for Windows XP, please refer to the link shown earlier ( http://www.labnol.org/software/ad-hoc-wireless-network-in-windows-xp/11486/ ) to complete the settings described here.
5) For Win7, please check this link for more info: http://www.trainsignal.com/blog/windows-7-ad-hoc-network-configuration
For Mac OS
Basically, no need to assign a static IP address on Mac, but you can try a static IP address on your Mac if you can't get a successful connection.
III. Connect to your computer from your iPad
1) Turn on your tablet/phone. Launch Settings/Wi-Fi. You should be able to see the new SSID name that was just now created for your computer in the list.
2) Choose this new SSID name from the Wi-Fi list, and input the 5-digit password that was set up by you just now (in the first section above).
3) Press the Home button to go back to the Home screen.
4) Now open the Splashtop Streamer software on your PC and check the IP address. It should be what you specified in Properties ("192.168.10.1" in our example). The Streamer may need to be turned off, and turned on again, to refresh the IP.
5) Enter Local Mode; check this link for more detailed steps.
6) If your computer isn't automatically discovered, manually add a new one using Specify IP address in the Settings/Advanced tab. (This is only supported by the "Splashtop 2 for iPad" app and the Splashtop v1 apps.)
7) Input the IP address ("192.168.10.1" in our example), and then tap the "Back" button ('<—' in the upper left corner) to save it.
8) Your computer should now be "discovered" and you can connect to it.
There is a known issue on Apple iOS6 that will cause your iPad to be unable to connect to your Mac or PC. Please check this link for more discussions related to this issue on the Apple website.