How to connect Windows 8 or 8.1 to an AR-Drone 1.0

AR-Drone 1.0 uses ad-hoc wifi, which Windows 8 does not provide a graphical way to connect to. Here’s how you connect Windows 8 or 8.1 to any ad-hoc network, including the quadcopter. Setup – Needs to be done just once
  1. Go to the “Network and Sharing Center” and click “Set up a new connection or network”
  2. Select “Manually connect to a wireless network”
  3. Enter the SSID of the ad-hoc network into the “Network name” field (you can find visible ad-hoc networks via the command prompt: “netsh wlan show networks”)
  4. Configure security settings (for the AR-Drone, select no security / none)
  5. Uncheck “Start this connection automatically” (important)
  6. Click “Next”, then “Close”
  7. Run netsh wlan set profileparameter <ssid> connectiontype=ibss   , and replace <ssid> with the SSID of your network.
  1. Run netsh wlan connect <ssid> . Replace <ssid> with the SSID of your network.
  1. The regular graphical way to connect or turn off the wifi should work. Otherwise, use netsh wlan disconnect
  1. Run netsh wlan delete profile <ssid> . Replace <ssid> with the SSID of your network.

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