How do I set up an Ad-Hoc network to transfer my data?

Follow the instructions below based on your OS of choice, then scroll down to the bottom for instructions on Transferring data to your iOS device:

Mac OSX users:

  1. On your computer, open System Preferences.  Open Network.
  2. Highlight the AirPort icon. Write down the Network Name currently selected (you will need this to re-establish your regular network connection).
  3. From the Network Name menu, select Create Network.
  4. Give the network a name (ie, Adhoc).  The default channel should be fine.  Click Require Password.  Enter and verify a password for the network. Click OK.

Windows XP users:

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Network and Internet Connections -> Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the wireless network connection, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Wireless Networks tab.
  4. In the wireless network adapter properties dialog box, click Add under Preferred networks.
  5. On the Association tab, type the name of your ad-hoc wireless network in Network name (SSID). For example, you could name your wireless network "principalm".
  6. Select the This is a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network check box and clear the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
  7. In Network Authentication, select Open.
  8. In Data encryption, select WEP.
  9. In Network key, type the WEP key. The WEP key should be a random sequence of hexadecimal digits or numbers, letters, and punctuation.
  10. In Confirm network key, retype the WEP key.
  11. Click OK to save changes to the wireless network.
  12. Click OK to save changes to the wireless network adapter.

Windows Vista users:

  1. Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button , 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.
  4. Make sure you choose WEP for the key (iOS will not connect to another style of key)

Windows 7 users:

  1. Open up the Start menu and in the Search bar type: "wireless". Click on Manage wireless networks.
  2. Click on the Add to add a network.
  3. Click on Create an ad-hoc network.
  4. Click on Next.
  5. Enter a name for your ad-hoc network, and set the security type to WEP. Enter a key/passphrase.
  6. Click Next.

Advanced Users
You can set up the ad-hoc network via the command line:


  1. Open a command-prompt with administrator privileges.
  2. Click on Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, select “Run as administrator”).
  3. Configure the “hosted” interface: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password

  4. Start the “hosted” interface: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Windows 8 users:

Advanced Users
You can set up the ad-hoc network via the command line:


  1. Open a command-prompt with administrator privileges.
  2. Click on Start menu, All Programs, Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, select “Run as administrator”).
  3. Configure the “hosted” interface: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password

  4. Start the “hosted” interface: netsh wlan start hostednetwork


We have not tested a UI solution on Windows 8, websites suggest using third-party software to set this up if the command line option will not work for you.


Transferring data to your iOS device

  1. Open SIS Liberty.  Assuming you have school(s) already configured, from the Destination drop down, select iPhone Update Service.  Enter and confirm a password, if you have not done so.  Then click Update Now.
  2. On your iPhone OS device, select Settings | WiFi. Write down the WiFi network currently selected (you will need this to re-establish your regular WiFi connection).
  3. Click WiFi. Click the name of the adhoc network you just created (ie, Adhoc).
  4. Click Settings, then return to your list of Applications.
  5. Assuming SIS Liberty has finished updating (you will see the message "Update device has completed..." ), open Principalm. Click Sync. Select your computer name.  The data will be transferred from your computer to your iPhone OS device.
  6. When the transfer is complete you will be asked for your password.  Enter it and click Go.  You will be brought into Principalm.
  7. When finished, on your computer in System Preferences | Network, select your typical network from the Network Name drop down.  Then on your iPhone OS device in Settings | WiFi, select your typical WiFi network.

Assuming you saved the ad-hoc network you created, in the future when you wish to update your data in Principalm on your device you only need to select the adhoc network you created, update to the iPhone Update Service with SIS Liberty, then sync with your iPhone OS device.  And when the data transfer is complete, select your typical networks on both you computer and iPhone OS device.

Note for iOS 3GS devices:

We have found that you may need to turn on airplane mode in order to successfully connect to the ad-hoc WiFi network:


  • On your iPhone, open Settings.
  • Turn Airplane Mode ON.
  • Click Wi-Fi.
  • Turn Wi-Fi ON.
  • Choose your Adhoc network.
  • Then go into Principalm and sync the data from your computer to your iPhone.

After the data transfer is complete, please turn Airplane Mode back OFF and connect to your typical Wi-Fi network.

Note for iOS 4 devices:

We have found that you may need to turn off 3G in order to successfully connect to the ad-hoc WiFi network:


  • On your iPhone, open Settings.
  • Click General, then Network.
  • Turn Enable 3G OFF.

After the transfer is complete with SIS Liberty, please turn 3G back on and connect to your typical Wi-Fi network.