How to Connect Your iPod Touch To an Ad-hoc Wireless Network

Computer & iPod  Ad-hoc Connection

If you are an iPod touch owner you will definitely love to be hooked to a Wi-fi connection all the time. Unless and until you are connected wirelessly you won’t unleash the real fun. Consider a situation where you don’t have a wireless router, but still wish to browse internet using your ipod touch. Wireless ad- hoc networks can do magic here. What is an Ad-hoc network?

An ad hoc network is a temporary connection between computers created wirelessly. These networks can only be wireless and  you must have a wireless network adapter installed in your computer.

There is a problem here. Ad-hoc networks are basically a computer to computer connections. So if you try to connect your iPod Touch directly to a created network you will not be successful. The reason being certain parameters required for a connection not getting resolved automatically.

Don’t worry, a simple third party app called CC Proxy Server can solve this issue. CC Proxy Server is an easy-to-use Internet connection sharing software. Supporting dial-up, DSL connections etc  it helps you build your own proxy server and share Internet access within a LAN easily.

How to create and connect to a Ad-hoc network :

1) Download and install CC Proxy Server .

CC proxy window

2) Launch CC Proxy Server and go to “Options“. Enable all the “proxy services” and “protocols” .Leave the “NT service” option  unchecked. Then click “ok“. Minimize this app now.

CC proxy server configuration

3) Now Create an Ad-hoc network.

For Windows xp and Vista users :

All Windows Xp and Vista users can follow the steps required to setup an Ad-hoc network from this CNET video :

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For Windows 7 users :

1) Go to  Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center .

2) Under “Change your network settings” click  “Setup a new connection or network“.

Ad hoc network setup

3) Now under the “Choose a connection option” pop window select  “Setup a wireless Ad hoc (computer to computer ) network” and click  “Next” .

Ad- hoc network windows 7

You will be greeted with another screen briefing you about what an Ad hoc network is. Click “Next” .

Windows 7 Adhoc

4) In the next window enter your Network name (SSID), choose a security type and enter the security key (if u have selected Open, then no need of security key). Check “Save this network” and then click “Next”.

windows 7 ad-hoc config

5)  Enable “Turn on internet connection sharing” and then click Close.

Windows 7 Adhoc Network is Ready

The PC side setup is now over.

In your Ipod Touch :

Go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Choose your Ad-hoc network you created in Step 3 and connect to it.

ipod touch wifi

Voila, you will now be able to connect and browse from your Ipod touch.

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22 thoughts on “How to Connect Your iPod Touch To an Ad-hoc Wireless Network”

  1. Good Day…

    It’s a nice information and it helps a lot. But it won’t work on my case. I wonder why what happen to this gadget and not like in my friends.
    Thanks anyway.

  2. Thank you very much for posting this, I tried it out on my XP machine, and have had some limited success – Enough to download the in-app items I wanted, which is awesome.

    Unfortunately, I run into the problem that, while I am almost always able to connect to my pc, I usually end up with a 169.x.x.x ip address, and cannot access the internet. Occasionally by renewing my lease on the iPod Touch, or seemingly by pure chance, I get a local network address, but have not been able to determine what causes it to go one way or the other. Does anyone out there have any idea why this might be happening?

  3. I have the same problem as the poster above…my ipod touch connected successfully and then i downloaded this app called Discover, i think it messed with my ipod configuration or i clicked something wrong on the network configuration, and now my ipod connects to the network but has a different ip address and can’t connect to the internet (starts with 169.X.x.x.). I can use the Remote app to control Itunes but i can’t for the life check my mail on the ipod, internet works fine on the pc. What happened here?

  4. Thanks! I’ve been fighting this for several weeks on Windows 7 and iPod Touch. When I got my iPad I had same troubles. CCProxy got me going.

    I would be interested in just what networking issues the iDevices have when trying to do adhoc computer networks for ICS.

    Bob H

  5. You need one more step:
    Create the bridge connection:
    Select both network connection:
    -LAN
    -Wireless
    then right click and choose bridge connection
    –> so you have bridge from adhoc network to LAN
    –> you will be connected to internet

  6. For the life of me, nothing that I have tried works for creating an ad-hoc network that my ipod touch can access. I have downloaded the cc proxy, bridged connections, tried just about everything that all of the forums have stated. Every time I try to connect, the ipod shows that it is joining the network and it just sits on that screen forever. I see the wifi signal in the top corner, but the screen still says joining. Any ideas?

    I’ve successfully created ad-hoc networks between computers before, but this won’t seem to work.

  7. This is trully amazing!!!
    I’ve been waiting and searching this way since long time ago but found nothing, until today I finally found this trick and amazingly it is working perfect on my iphone!!!
    I am using windows 7 home edition, ipod touch 2Gen, firmware 4.1 with the ccproxy server 6.64 and I successfully setup the network even in one go!
    Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful trick!!

    Gery.

  8. im using windows 7 as well.if ur os is windows 7, dont download the cc proxy.. just follow the second step.tnx for the great info again..

  9. I have windows 7, you said dont downoad cc proxy? So if I dont need to download ccproxy, then how I am going to do step 2, which says in cc proxy server, go to options. How would I go to options if I dont download cc proxy? Please help

    Thanks

  10. It worked!! Although, my internet is a data card, and when you go to select the sharing button, you need to select a home networking connection, and under dial up is my alltel wireless data card connection, and i had to click this and click properties and then sharing. But it worked!!!!!!

    thanks!

  11. Worked wonder !!

    I have been trying to get this to work for ages. I was missing that program u linked. No idea what it does, but it make it work so yeah… thx a lot

  12. Hey man. I followed all your steps for the setup. But I get the message on my Ipod that says it is unable to join the network “xx”

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