Use the following steps to create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network without security on Microsoft Windows Vista*.
||Connecting to any type of computer network, Wi-Fi included, without implementing security is not a recommended practice. This document is provided for basic configuration purposes only.|
An ad hoc Wi-Fi network (also known as a peer-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 directly to each others' mobile devices.
- Access the Network and Sharing Center using Start » Network » Network and Sharing Center or another method.
- Select Manage wireless networks.
- Click Add.
- Click Create an ad hoc network.
- Click Next.
- Enter a network name.
- Select No authentication (Open) as the Security Type.
- Select Start this connection automatically if you would like to use this network when using Wi-Fi.
- Click Next. The ad hoc network is now ready for use.
Access the Network and Sharing Center
- Start » Control Panel » Network and Internet » Network and Sharing Center » Manage wireless networks
- Start » Network » Network and Sharing Center » Manage wireless networks
- Right-click mouse on System Tray icon (2 computer monitors image at lower right of screen) » Network and Sharing Center » Manage wireless networks
Create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network with security
Create a Wi-Fi network profile without security
Connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi network
| Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*
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