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Create a Secure Ad Hoc/Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi Network on Windows XP*

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 directly to each other's mobile devices.

Intel® PROSet/Wireless Wi-Fi Connection Utility
Windows Zero Config*

Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Intel PROSet Wireless > WiFi Connection Utility.
    Note All users wishing to connect to the ad hoc network must configure their computers as shown in the following steps. The same Wireless Network Name (SSID) and password must be configured for a proper connection.
  2. Click Profiles.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Type a Profile Name and a Wireless Network Name (SSID).
  5. Select Device to Device (ad hoc) radio button to connect directly to other computers.

  6. Click Next.
  7. Select Personal Security and choose an option from Security Settings. WEP - 128-bit is used in this example.
  8. Type a Wireless Security Password (Encryption Key).

  9. Click OK.
  10. Ensure the Wi-Fi radio is turned on.
  11. All intended users scroll to adhoc profile on their PCs and click Connect.

Windows zero config

  1. Click Start > Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Network Connections.

  3. Right-click Wireless Network Connection and select Properties.

  4. The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears. Select Wireless Networks tab and click Add.

  5. Enter Network name (SSID).
  6. Select a Data encryption type. If WEP is selected, the Network key should be typed in both the Network key and Confirm network key textboxes.
    Note Many network names, known as SSIDs, have security enabled. Connecting to these networks requires that the user know the correct Network key or WEP key.
  7. Ensure to check the This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used box.
    Note All other users wishing to join the ad hoc network will configure their computers in the same manner.

  8. Click OK.

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

    If you return to Wireless Network Connection Properties at this point, you will see that the new ad hoc network is now listed.

Operating System:

Windows XP*, Windows XP 64-bit Edition*

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® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software
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

Solution ID: CS-029492
Last Modified: 20-Oct-2014
Date Created: 20-Jul-2008
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