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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Ad-Hoc Networking

Ad-hoc networking means that each computer talks to each other directly without the “supervision” of a device such as a router. This arrangement is sometimes called peer-to-peer networking.

Refer to Figure 13.1 on p. 165 in Chapter 13 for an example of an ad-hoc network.

If there are enough computers involved, an ad-hoc, or peer-to-peer network, can begin to form a kind of grid, or mesh. This gives peer-to-peer networks in some applications a great deal of power, although there's no really good way to administer a peer-to-peer network, and security remains an issue.

The Wi-Fi standards specify two different configuration modes, ...

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