Wireless networking without an AP?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Squiggle, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. Squiggle

    Squiggle Guest

    Having never needed to use a wireless network before i must admit to
    being a bit clueless about them.

    Now faced with the idea of a laptop with wireless access for uni next
    year i am wondering if it is possible to connect two computers
    wirelessly without an AP?

    Can't justify the expense of two wireless adapters and an AP for the
    infrequent use that it will get, but too lazy to want to fish round
    under the desk to plug in another cat5 cable everytime i need to
    transfer something between the two machines.

    So.. can it be done (without too much sodding round)?
     
    Squiggle, Oct 28, 2007
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    sam Guest

    Squiggle wrote:
    > Having never needed to use a wireless network before i must admit to
    > being a bit clueless about them.
    >
    > Now faced with the idea of a laptop with wireless access for uni next
    > year i am wondering if it is possible to connect two computers
    > wirelessly without an AP?
    >
    > Can't justify the expense of two wireless adapters and an AP for the
    > infrequent use that it will get, but too lazy to want to fish round
    > under the desk to plug in another cat5 cable everytime i need to
    > transfer something between the two machines.
    >
    > So.. can it be done (without too much sodding round)?


    Yes
    Its called an ad hoc connection, its like using a crossover cable
    You can forward an internet connection over it too.

    There are quite a few guides around
    http://www.home-network-help.com/ad-hoc-wireless-network.html
     
    sam, Oct 28, 2007
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  3. Squiggle

    Squiggle Guest

    Squiggle, Oct 28, 2007
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    XPD Guest

    "Squiggle" <> wrote in message
    news:472444aa$...
    > sam wrote:
    >
    >> Yes
    >> Its called an ad hoc connection, its like using a crossover cable
    >> You can forward an internet connection over it too.
    >>
    >> There are quite a few guides around
    >> http://www.home-network-help.com/ad-hoc-wireless-network.html

    >
    > Thanks muchly, just what i needed to know.
    >
    > Karma++


    Also some Gigabyte Wifi cards came with a "Soft AP" - basically software
    that jsut acts as an AP...guess its still using ad-hoc but making it look
    nicer :)
     
    XPD, Oct 28, 2007
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