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Connect iPad iPhone and PC to the same local network

When troubleshooting Wi-Fi sync between iOS devices or iOS and PC computers, we found that many users have trouble connect iPad iPhone and PC in the same local network and many of them do not know how to verify and ensure their devices are actually connected up to the same local network. If your iPhone and iPad are not connected to the same local network, you may find that you do not see any server listed on iPhone or iPad when you tap on the source or target device at the time you retrieve or send files between them. Sometimes you may find you can use them to access the internet and browse a website but can’t connect the devices over local network. You need to make sure your device is connected to the same network as your computer.

How to iPad iPhone and PC to the same local network?

In this example, we use a Windows 8 system on PC to show you how to connect an iOS device and computer to the same local network. If you use an earlier Windows version, like Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, the instructions should still be valid. They are almost the same but differ in appearance. And we would like to hear from you in the comment section if any feedback or suggestions.

1. Connect PC to the wi-fi network or router

You can connect your computer to the wi-fi router through a cable which is likely to be the most typical situation for most users, alternatively you can also connect your PC or laptop to the wi-fi router via wireless. In this example, we connect both iPhone and PC to wireless network named “TPLINK-SOCU032”. See below screenshot.

PC network connection for Windows 8

 

There are several different ways to open the WiFi Connections pane in Windows 8. You can access it from the classic Windows 8 desktop mode, the Charms Bar, the Windows Control Panel, etc.

2. Connect iPhone to the same wi-fi network or router

Open Settings on iPhone, go to Wi-Fi or WLAN, then you will see a list of available wireless network. You can choose to connect iPhone to the same wi-fi network and router as your PC computer, “TPLINK-SOCU032” in the demo, see below screen capture.

iphone wifi connection

3. Make Sure iPhone and PC are connected to the same local network

To verify your iPhone and PC are connected to the same local network, you can also check and compare their local IP addresses.

See tutorials below:

Find IP Address on Windows 8 Computers

Find IP Address on Windows 7 Computers

Find your Mac IP Address

Find the IP Address of an iPad

See below figures:

pc computer ip address iphone local ip address

 

By default, most router manufacturers use 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 as the default LAN IP address. In this demo, we are using a TPLINK router which uses 192.168.1.1 as the default local area network IP address. Our PC was assigned with internal IP 192.168.1.100 and the iPhone was assigned with internal IP 192.168.1.103 automatically in our local network. The router’s IP address will be listed as Default Gateway on Windows PC computers.

 

The internal, LAN-IP address is normally set to a default, private number. Linksys routers, for example, use 192.168.1.1 for their internal IP address. D-Link and Netgear routers typically use 192.168.0.1. Some US Robotics routers use 192.168.123.254, and some Belkin and SMC routers use 192.168.2.1. No matter the brand of router, its default internal IP address is listed in the manufacturer’s documentation. Administrators have the option to change this IP address during router setup or at any time later.

 

4. Test the wireless connection between iPhone and PC in the same local network

To test the wireless connection between iPhone and PC in the same local network, you can try to ping the local IP address of iPhone from PC.

See:

test iphone and pc wifi connection in the same local network

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