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Windows XP Unwired by Wei-Meng Lee

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Ad-Hoc Wireless Networking

So far, we have been talking about wireless networks that involve an access point. While this is primarily the way most wireless networks are constructed and used, there are times where you do not have access to an access point and need to simply connect to another computer wirelessly. This mode of wireless connectivity is known as ad-hoc mode.

To enable two computers to connect wirelessly without using an access point, you would just need a wireless card/adapter on each computer. Then, take the following steps:

  1. Right-click on the Wireless Network connection icon located in the tray and select View Available Wireless Networks. Click on Advanced.

  2. The Wireless Network Connection Properties window will appear (see Figure 5-28).

    Adding a new wireless network

    Figure 5-28. Adding a new wireless network

  3. Click on Advanced. Select the option “Computer-to-computer (ad hoc) networks only” (see Figure 5-29). (To connect to either an access point or another computer directly, select the option “Any available network (access point preferred)”.) Click Close.

Choosing the type of network access

Figure 5-29. Choosing the type of network access

Warning

The change in Step 3 will prevent you from connecting to an access point. When you want to go back to connecting to an access point, return to this dialog and reset it to its original value — the ...

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