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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. In wireless networking, a strength (and sometimes weakness) of ad hoc networking is that nodes on the network (meaning computers) can join (or leave) the network on-the-fly. So you don't necessarily know the number of computers on a wireless network.

Figure 14.1 shows an example of an ad hoc network that uses wireless networking.


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