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Friday, September 25, 2009

Ad Hoc Wireless Network Diagram

Common layout for WiFi-based home networks
This diagram illustrates use of a so-called ad hoc wireless setup in a home network. See below for a detailed description of this layout.
Wireless Home Network Diagram Featuring Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Connections
Wireless Home Network Diagram Featuring Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Connections
Key Considerations - Using ad hoc Wi-Fi mode eliminates the need for a network router or access point in a wireless home network. With ad hoc wireless, you can network computers together as needed without needing to be in reach of one central location. Most people use ad hoc Wi-Fi only in temporary situations to avoid potential security issues. Optional Components - Networking an ad hoc layout for Internet access, printers, or game consoles and other entertainment devices is not required for the rest of the home network to function. Simply omit any of these components shown that do not exist in your layout.
Limitations - All devices connecting via ad hoc wireless must possess a working Wi-Fi network adapter. These adapters must be configured for "ad hoc" mode instead of the more typical "infrastructure" mode.
Because of their more flexible design, ad hoc Wi-Fi networks are also more difficult to keep secure than those using central wireless routers / access points.
Ad hoc Wi-Fi networks support a maximum of 11 Mbps bandwidth, while other Wi-Fi networks may support 54 Mbps or higher.

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