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7. Wireless > 74. Set Up an Ad Hoc WiFi Network

Set Up an Ad Hoc WiFi Network

Don’t have a WiFi router handy, but want to set up a network among multiple PCs? It’s easy to do using the ad hoc networking built into XP.

There are times when you don’t need a network to share a single Internet connection. Instead, you just want to share files, use the printer of another PC, send and receive instant messages; in other words, do pretty much everything you can do on a network.

But what if you want to do all that and you don’t have a router?

You can set up an ad hoc network, in which you connect on a peer-to-peer basis with other computers and PDAs. You don’t need any extra software for it. The capability is built right into XP.

All you need are WiFi-equipped PCs. To establish an ad hoc network, first one PC does the basic setup and then the rest of the PCs connect to that ad hoc network.


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