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How to Set Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Network

March 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Networking

How to Set Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Network

Setting up an “Ad Hoc” wireless network is an easy way to connect two wireless devices, without the need for a centrally based network acting as an intermediary.  Ad-hoc mode allows two or more devices to discover each other wirelessly and connect directly.  This is useful for the transfer of larger files, via peer to peer, in lieu of an actual network. Setting up one is easier than you may think, and usually takes less than five minutes:

What you will need:

Two or more laptops or wireless devices.

Wireless network adapter capability on all devices you wish to link (aka Wi-Fi); most laptops nowadays come with Wi-Fi standard.

Windows XP users-

Click on the Start button, and then go to Control Panel.  Under Network and Internet Connections, select the “set up a wireless network” option.

You will then be prompted to select a name for your new network (up to 32 characters). Populate this field with the network name of your choosing.  Note – you cannot change the network name once you have chosen it.  Uncheck the lower box titled “The key is provided for me automatically”.  Select “ad hoc computer to computer network” box. In the box labeled “Network key”; create a password for the network connection and then click ok.

Now you have an Ad Hoc network. You can connect two or more computers and devices to the ad hoc network. Under network connections, find the network, and populate the correct password.  The computer will then connect, and then you may share files wirelessly across your newly created network with any authorized laptop in the immediate area.

Vista users-

Under the Network and Sharing Center look for a link titled, “Setup a connection or network’, click on this link.

Choose “setup an ad hoc wireless network”, then click next and choose a name for your network.  Then select WEP and create a password.

All that’s left to do now is to connect to the network with any laptop in the vicinity, just populate the password.

Windows 7 users-

Click “Start” and type “Wireless” and click search. A few options will populate in the search results list; select the option” Manage Wireless Networks”.

Click on the “Add” button then click, “Create ad hoc network”.  The wireless setup wizard will then prompt you for a network name.  It will then prompt you to choose a security type; we recommend WEP, and then create a password.

To connect, simply choose the wireless network from any nearby laptop and populate the correct password.

Creating an “Ad Hoc” wireless network is quite simple, and similar on most windows operating systems.  If you find yourself in a position where you need to quickly exchange large files, or share network resources among laptops or devices, creating an Ad Hoc network on the fly is an easy solution.  You can delete the network after you are done using it for security reasons if you like.  Make sure you always specify a password for this type of network, because it is much less secure than a conventional network.

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