I live in an apartment that supplies free wifi, but I have to enter a username and password every 24 hours (i.e. NOT the SSID, but an actual username and password in the browser. I know, it's annoying; but, my landlord is stubborn, and I have a 12-month lease). My Roku 2 XS (model 3100x) will not do this. Thus, I would like to setup my laptop as an AdHoc or Access Point network for my Roku.
Here are my specs:
Laptop: Dell Inspiron 1525; OS = Windows 7 32-bit; Networking adapters = 2 wireless adapters (inboard Dell 1395 and USB TP-Link WN821N); 1 ethernet connection
Roku 2 XS (model #3100); firmware has been updated
Router: (Unknown, owned by landlord)
Network Configuration: DHCP enabled on all laptop adapters; No WORKGROUP setup. All network connections classified as "Home".
Firewall: Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, but I disable the firewall anytime I am trying to connect.
I have successfully been able to connect my Roku 2 XS to the internet via my laptop using the following:
- Connectify Pro software (note: I was unable to connect trying to setup the Ad-Hoc network manually via Windows 7; thus, I resorted to Connectify).
- ethernet cable between Roku 2 and laptop
- internet connection to landlord's router via USB TP-Link adapter OR Dell 1395 (i.e. both work)
However, because of my apartment layout, I cannot keep the ethernet cable connected between my laptop and Roku all of the time. Therefore, I would like to connect my Roku 2 to my laptop via wifi and still connect to my landlord's router via wifi.
I have tried many ways to make this happen:
1) Setup an Ad-Hoc network manually using Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center. But, Roku will not show green on even the first stage of three ("Connecting to wireless network")
2) Setup Connectify as an Ad-Hoc network. But, I have the same issue above (cannot get past the first stage as mentioned above)
3) Setup Connectify as an Access Point and use either TP-Link or Dell Adapter (I get a green light on "Connecting to wireless network", but then it cannot get past "Connecting to local network"). NOTE: my Samsung phone can connect to the Access Point this way, but not with options 1 and 2.
I think option #3 is my best shot, but I don't know why Roku will not "connect to my local network". I have read through the forum and tried so many different things, but nothing seems to work. Can anyone offer advice to option #3 and why my Roku will not connect to my "local network"?
Thank you in advance!