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Chapter 22. Setting Up a Small Network > Setting Up a Wireless Ad-Hoc Network

Setting Up a Wireless Ad-Hoc Network

If you don’t have a wireless access point, Vista enables you to set up a temporary network between two or more computers. This is an ad hoc connection and it’s useful if you need to share folders, devices, or an Internet connection temporarily. Note that the computers must be within 30 feet of each other for this type of connection to work. Here are the steps to follow:

1.
Select Start, Connect To. Vista opens the Connect to a Network dialog box.

2.
Click the Set Up a Connection or Network link. The Choose a Connection Option dialog box appears.

3.
Select Set Up a Wireless Ad Hoc (Computer-to-Computer) Network and click Next.

4.
In the initial dialog box, click Next.

5.
Provide the following data to set up the network:

  • Network Name— The name of the ad hoc network.

  • Security Type— The security protocol used by the wireless network. Select No Authentication (Open) if the network is unsecured.

  • Save this Network— Activate this check box to save the network in the Manage Wireless Networks list.

6.
Click Next. Vista sets up the ad hoc network.

7.
If you want to share your computer’s Internet connection, click Turn on Internet Connection Sharing.

8.
Click Close.


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