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Create a Secure Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network

An ad hoc Wi-Fi network (also known as a peer-to-peer network) is a temporary network used when an access point (AP) or broadband Wi-Fi router is not available. It allows users to wirelessly connect to each other's mobile devices.

Follow these steps to create a secure ad hoc WiFi network from the Network and Sharing Center.

  1. Access the Network and Sharing Center using Start » Network » Network and Sharing Center or another method.
  2. Select Manage wireless networks.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Select Create an ad hoc network.

  5. Click Next.
  6. Enter a network name.
  7. Select a security type.
  8. Enter a security key or passphrase. All users joining the ad hoc network will configure their computers in the same manner.

  9. Select Save this network.
  10. Click Next.

    The ad hoc network is now ready to use. You can now share files or turn on Internet connection sharing.

    If you return to Manage wireless networks at this point, you will see that the ad hoc network is now listed.

Related topics
Add a network that is in range of this computer
Manually create a network profile

Operating System:

Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-025386
Last Modified: 01-Oct-2014
Date Created: 08-Jan-2007
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