Anyone who has ever had a frustrating time finding an Internet connection has probably come across the option to create an ad hoc network. What does this mean? Ad hoc networks create a temporary wireless connection between computers or devices so that files or Internet connection can be shared. They are an excellent option when a router and established wireless network are unavailable. If your normal wireless network is experiencing problems, creating a temporary ad hoc network is a good solution until your regular connection is restored. It is also possible to connect the computers without an external wireless connection. This option would be used to share files between the machines.
1. From the Start menu, select “Connect to” and then “Set up a connection or network.” You can also access this menu from the Control Panel.
2. Choose “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network.” If you would like to control the number of users or the network’s security, you can require networked computers to have a password in order to access the ad hoc network.
3. Connect other devices to the ad hoc network. On the remaining computers or devices connecting to the ad hoc network, click on “View available wireless connections” from the network options.
4. Select the recently created ad hoc network from the list of available networks. Click the “Connect” option. It will appear in the same list as other wireless networks. If necessary, enter the password or other security information.
If prompted to enter a network key, type the same key as was used on the first computer.
Note: Ad hoc networks are automatically deleted when the person who set up the network disconnects or after everyone using the network disconnects.