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Create an Ad-Hoc network in Windows

You should follow these steps only if normal sync fails to work. If you are having trouble getting your mobile app to sync with the desktop, please start at the mobile sync troubleshooting guide before trying these steps.

These steps help troubleshoot connections between your iPhone and your WiFi network and a Windows computer. These steps will not work if you have an Android phone as it will not support this kind of connection.

This article does not  apply to YNAB 4 with Cloud Sync.

Instructions for a Mac can be found here.

If your house doesn't have a wireless network, but your computer has wireless capabilities, you can still sync over an ad-hoc network. Syncing over an ad-hoc network is a good way to troubleshoot a syncing problem. If syncing works over an ad-hoc network, but doesn’t work over your normal Wi-fi connection, something is misconfigured in your Wi-Fi.

Follow the instructions for your version of Windows  to create the ad-hoc network.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start, then type Wireless.
  2. Click Manage Wireless Networks.
  3. Click Set up a new connection or network.
  4. Click Set up a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network, click Next.
  5. For the Network Name, give it YNAB Sync.
  6. For security type, choose WPA2-Personal if your computer supports it. Otherwise, choose WEP.
  7. For Security key/Passphrase, type in whatever you want. Remember it since your iPhone will need it when connecting.
  8. Click Save this Network to use this method of connecting from now on. Uncheck it if this is just a way of troubleshooting your wireless connection. If unchecked, this ad-hoc network will go away automatically when your iPhone disconnects, and you’ll have to set it up again.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Click Close.(Don’t worry about turning on Internet Connection Sharing.)
  11. Connect the iPhone to your Ad Hoc network.

Windows Vista

  1. Click Start, then type Network and Sharing Center.
  2. In the left pane, click Set up a connection or network.
  3. Click Set up a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network, and then click Next.
  4. For the Network Name, give it YNAB Sync.
  5. For security type, choose WPA2-Personal if your computer supports it. Otherwise, choose WEP.
  6. For Security key/Passphrase, type in whatever you want, but remember it. Your iPhone will need it when connecting.
  7. Click Save this Network if using this method of connecting to the iPhone from now on. Uncheck it if this is just a way of troubleshooting your wireless connection. If unchecked, this ad-hoc network will go away automatically when your iPhone disconnects, and you’ll need to set it up again.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Close. (Don’t worry about turning on Internet Connection Sharing.)
  10. Connect the iPhone to your Ad Hoc network.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under Pick a category, click Network and Internet Connections.
  3. Under Pick a Control Panel icon, click Network Connections.
  4. Right-click your wireless network connection, and then click Properties.
  5. In the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box, click the Wireless Networks tab.
  6. On the Wireless Networks tab, under Preferred networks, click Add.
  7. In the Wireless network properties dialog box, on the Association tab, type the name YNAB Sync.
  8. Uncheck the checkbox The key is provided for me automatically and select This is a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network.
  9. Keep the Data Encryption as WEP and type a 13 character password that your iPhone will use to connect to this network.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Click OK again to save your changes.
  12. Connect the iPhone to your ad-hoc network.