Tested on Linux Mint 17 (Ubuntu 14.04 based)

You will need to manually assign IP address in the same range. The following steps assume you are using the standard Mint/Cinnamon interface. Repeat these steps for each computer.

  • Click the Network indicator on the panel (top right).

  • From the drop-down, select Edit Connections…

  • In the Network Connections dialog box, click the Add button.

  • When prompted to choose a connection type, choose Ad hoc, and click the Create… button.

  • Name your connection and SSID “ad_hoc_wlan” or some other meaningful name.

  • In the Mode drop down menu select: Ad-Hoc

  • In the Device MAC address drop-down, select wlan0. Leave everything else as is.

  • In the Wifi-security tab select WAP & WPA2 personal.
    • Put your password. it must be the same in all computers
  • Switch to the IPv4 Settings tab.
    • Change the Method to Manual.
    • click the Add button to add an IP address as follows.

Example settings for Computer #1:

  • Address: 192.168.1.157
    The static IP addess you want (any will do).

  • Netmask: 255.255.255.0
    You can also use 24 as the netmask.

  • Gateway: (leave empty)

Example settings for Computer #2:

  • Address: 192.168.1.158

  • Netmask: 255.255.255.0

  • Gateway: (leave empty)

Once that’s set up, connect to the Ad hoc network on each computer (sometimes you need to use the “connect to a hidden network” button). Now, Try pinging each other (make sure the firewall is disabled or that firewall rules have been added).

user@computer1:~$ ping 192.168.1.158

The output should look something like this:

PING 192.168.1.158 (192.168.1.158) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.1.158: icmp_seq=1 ttl=128 time=0.457 ms




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