Connect to your computer via ad-hoc network with Splashtop 2 (Splashtop Personal)

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

For Vista:

  1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button vista_7.png, and then clicking Connect to.

  2. Click Set up a connection or network.

  3. 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.

  4. Check the box for Save this network.  Then on the next page, click Turn on Internet connection sharing.
  5. 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).

You should be able to Google for more info fairly easily, if needed.

note.pngAnother way to create an ad-hoc network is by using a third-party tool like ConnectifyConnectify 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.

For Mac:

1.  Click on the WiFi icon. Select Create Network....

 

Mac_Create_network_1.png

 

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. 

 

Mac_Create_network_2.png

 

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:

For Vista:

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 vista_7.png  >  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.

caution-icon.gif  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.

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    mj

    the splashtop app on my ipad still wants an internet connection after i choose to switch to local mode in the login screen . after that can find the laptop . don all of above steps...

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    Matthew

    I'm not able to get this to work. This Ad Hoc connection used to work with SplashTop 1, but now version 2 can't find my laptop. It only works if the connection to the outside Internet is visible. If only on the same ad hoc network, but no outside connection available, then I have NOT been able to get this to work. Tried adding computer manually with the IP address, and even set my laptop's IP address manually. Nothing. If the Splashtop people are testing this, please disconnect the hard-wired ethernet connection to your computer. If I have an outgoing internet connection that I'm sharing through the Ad Hoc wireless connection, it does work, but it doesn't work if I unplug the ethernet cable.

    By the way, I found an old iPad that still has the old version of splashtop on it, and it works fine on just an ad hoc connection!! So it really is a splashtop2 defect. Bummer.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    Hi all,

    We found some incorrect descriptions in above article, we'll have an update.

    If you can do it with Splashtop v1, please try Local Mode in Splashtop 2 as mj said, it's almost same as v1.

    How to enter Local Mode: http://support-splashtop2.splashtop.com/entries/21921703-how-do-i-use-local-mode-in-splashtop-2

    We also suggest that you can use the 3rd party tool Connectify to make a sharing point on your computer. It's more easy and intuitive.

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    Matthew
    Is there an equivalent to Connectify on the Mac?
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    Jaff.Kuo
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    Claudio Olivera

    So, basically I'm having the same problem. Just trying to create and ad-hoc connection on my Macbook Pro, so that I can control a presentation from my iPad using Splashtop 2 remote, without having internet access. I mean, the whole point of having a Local Network option, is to be able to connect to the computer without internet, and the most logical way would be creating an ad-hoc network, I would think. I actually used to be able to do this without problems with the older Splashtop remote, and it still works with other remotes like Mobile Mouse Pro, so it seems to be a specific problem of this app. I manually assigned the IP addresses the way it should be, but it just won't work. It seems the problem is the fact that there is no internet. I don't understand why they would require internet, it is not like there aren't plenty of situations where one would like to control a laptop with an iPad in a place where there is no internet, or where there are firewalls that prevent the devices from connecting, like when taking a presentation on the road. I hope this can be fixed.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Claudio Olivera,

    We just confirmed again, Splashtop 2 app can work with ad hoc network on our Macbook pro.

    Please try these suggestions:

    1. enter Local mode(only Splashtop 2 for ipad supports this mode), for Android app and iphone app, only v1 supports ad hoc.

    2. close Splashtop 2 app, then re-launch and try again

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    Matthew

    @jaff

    I've tried MANY times to get Splashtop 2 to work on an ad hoc wireless connection with no outside Internet available, and I've never once been able to get Splashtop 2 to work. Splashtop 1 works every time in this configuration. There is definitely an issue here. If an outside Internet connection is available, then yes, Splashtop 2 will work, but if no outside Internet, then Splashtop2 on my iPad mini cannot find my macbook pro. If you are testing, please verify that you have this setup:

    1) Ad hoc wireless connection from Macbook to iPad.

    2) Use iPad with iOS 6

    3) Make sure there is no outside Internet available to either the iPad or the laptop. Verify this by trying to go to yahoo.com or something. 

     

    Under the above configuration, I have not been able to get splashtop 2 to work. Tried at least 5 different iPads and laptops and rebooted many times, and entered IP addresses in manually, and done everything that you have suggested and more. Nothing. It is very frustrating that I have to use my colleague's old beat-up iPad which has Splashtop 1 on it whenever I'm in a situation without Internet.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @Matthew Peterson,

    We just tested again with a Mac Air running Mountain Lion without Ethernet connected, and found our instruction on this article is too much.

    You can just follow the instructions on this link, only refer to section "Mac #1".

    http://www.thinkmac.net/tutorials/2009/7/27/create-wireless-ad-hoc-network-mac-tips-daily-387.html

    Then on your ipad, select the 'created network name' > launch Splashtop 2 app > enter local mode > you should see your streamer listed > tap and connect to it.

    Please have a try again.

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @all,

    We've modified the steps to create ad-hoc network on Mac computer, hope it's clear now.

    (tested with no ethernet connected, no Internet capability)

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    Jaff.Kuo

    @all,

    We just found iOS6 can't connect to the ad-hoc network, it looks like the issue from iOS6, please check this link for more discussions on Apple forum.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4327536?start=0&tstart=0

    We also tested iOS5 and it works perfect.

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    Artisan

    Big disappointment and waste of time trying to sort this out.

    It's ridiculous to require internet log in before this app will function on an ad-hoc connection.

    This app is feature rich but too complicated for the simple task of controlling a Mac.

    I'm using Air Display which works better for ad-hoc and screen settings.

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    Rcw

    This is a useless app, I have no idea how you guys have managed to swindle so much money out of everyone. I am bitterly disappointed. Creating an AD-HOC network DOES NOT WORK ON A MAC. I have followed every instruction to the letter. It only works through an internet connection. I have also tried using splashtop presenter. This is an equally useless app as it also only works through a network connection. the WIFI connection DOES NOT WORK ON A MAC. I have tried every possible way to get it to work and it doesnt. It even drops the connection via an internet connection. What a waste of money. 

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    Voelnic

    I agree that this is a useless app if you cannot use it on ad-hoc networks. I can't get it to work either on a Mac. In contrast, Air Display works immediately. The only problem is that Air Display does not work so well when presenting Powerpoints from the iPad. 

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    Info
    I been trying to connect ipad mini to my net book on local mode .now I can see my host computer at splashtop local mode , colored without any figures on it but when I tap on it (screen shot enclosed), it does not show the host computers screen . What is the problem ?


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    Jaff.Kuo

    @info,

    In local mode, there's a security code should be defined on streamer/Security tab, have you done it?

    Mabe you can input the same code as your password for Splashtop account to avoid confusion.

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    Neil

    the "stay logged in" button does not appear to do anything. Tested using Splashtop 2 on laptop, WP8, and Ipad. I thought the whole point of "stay logged in" was to skip the process of logging in once the device has connected at least once.

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    Barrieknapp

    Also having connectivity problems between my new iPad and my iMac (still using Snow Leopard).  iPad recognises my iMac - checked my iMacAirport is "on" and is listing various WiFi's, but despite the advice my iMac still does not acknowledge the existence of my iPad.  Have so far managed to refrain from making the link a physical one, but patience is starting to wear thin.  Besides, I can't really afford a new iMac yet!

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    Geebs

    all i need is to insert what is needed in the splashtop center dialogue box in order to connect.

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    Geebs

    IS THAT DIFFICULT TO ANSWER. I DO NOT NEED AD-HOC CONNECTION AS OF THIS TIME.CAN ANYONE ANSWER MY REQUEST ???/

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    Vans.Huang

    @Geebs,

    Splashtop Center is for Splashtop Enterprise but not Splashtop Personal, do you use Splashtop Enterprise?

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    Jake0christensen

    I'm trying to get the Splashtop personal to run over an ad hoc network (started on a Windows 7 device) and an IPad. Once all the devices are connected to the network, they are visible in the selection area and the application properly retrieves the name of each computer on the ad hoc. They are not greyed out, leading me to believe they are being recognized properly over the ad hoc network. 

    When I go and try to select any of the computers to begin a session however, nothing happens. Literally, I select the computer, and nothing happens, no error messages, no refreshing, nothing. Anybody else run into an issue like this? 

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    Apalm

    Not working on a PC as well ! How can I get logged out on the ipad ? I don't get the screen for a local connection ???

    Work perfect with a "normal" wifi, but not with adhoc connection and Splashtop extended wireless display 2 ...

    Can we get clear instruction ?

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    Jason.118118

    get it to show up on my iPad saying there is a computer there and on in local mode but when i click it does not start a session of my mac screen! it does nothing! HELP! 


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    Glamcaj

    I have the same problem Jason. I am opened a ticket with support no resolution yet.

     

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    Pjstew

    The app should just work otherwise Splashtop should be banned from selling it. No replies on service request. Total failure product.

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    Pbiskinis

    NOTHING!!!!!!!! VERY BAD APPLICATION!!!!!!

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    Simon

    Same crap here. Ad hoc connected, can see the colored computer in the list but when I tap it nothing happens

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    Vans.Huang

    @users who encountered see computer but fail to connect:

    We also found same issue here; we are working with technical team to figure out if there is any workaround as to such case.

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    Vans.Huang

    @all,

    It now is viewed as known issue to use Splashtop Personal for iPad in an ad-hoc network environment which will fail to work; technical team has been addressed the issue and will include the fix in next formal release.

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