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I seem to have trouble creating an ad-hoc network in XUbuntu. I'm using the network manager to create the ad-hoc network. However, I can't then connect to the network using the same machine (as the instructions say I should). On other devices I can't see the network at all.

I'm running the latest XUbuntu and I have the following network card:

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
Subsystem: Sony Corporation Device 907b
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 47
I/O ports at 3000 [size=256]
Memory at c3404000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
Memory at c3400000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: r8169
Kernel modules: r8169

I saw this related post but the problem is that I can't then connect to the network on the same machine.

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You need a wireless card to create ad hoc network. The spec you posted is a ethernet card. The ethernet card doesn't have any transmitter to create a wireless ad hoc network –  Web-E Aug 19 '12 at 15:42
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