How to Connect to an Ad Hoc Network

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Ad-hoc is defined as improvised or impromptu, and in the technology world it refers to the act of accessing the internet indirectly by directly connecting your computer wirelessly to another computer connected to the internet. It may sound a bit confusing, but the process of connecting your computer to an already established ad-hoc network is quite simple. Follow this guide to get your computer online.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows computer
  • Wireless adapter
  • Open Network Connections from the Control Panel, accessed via the Start menu.

  • Select the "Wireless Network Connection" under the Lan or High-Speed Internet heading.

  • Select "View Available Wireless Networks."

  • Select the Ad-hoc network from the list of detected available networks in the Wireless Network Connection window.

  • Select "Connect." Type in the Network Key used in setting up the Ad-hoc network. If the Ad-hoc network was set up to provide the key automatically, leave the Network Key field blank. It may take a moment for the computers to connect. You should now be connected to the internet via Ad-hoc network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on the particular version of Windows you have, the set-up screen may be labeled slightly differently, but it is all the same basic concept of connecting to the ad-hoc network and providing the network key.
  • Hopping on your neighbors Internet connection because you don't want to pay for your own internet is not very neighborly. Respect other peoples Wi-Fi.

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