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Share an Internet Connection Between Wireless Machines with an Ad Hoc Network in Windows 7

When you’re traveling sometimes you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available for your portable devices or need to share files with another wireless computer. Here is how to create a wireless ad hoc network in Windows 7 to solve the issue.

An ad hoc network is a local area network you can build spontaneously in a pinch. It allows computers and devices to communicate directly with each other within a small radius. The ability to create an ad hoc network has been possible since XP and is a way to quickly share data and an Internet connection to other wireless devices. For this tutorial you’ll need the host computer to be hardwired and have wireless capabilities such as a Netbook or Laptop.

In our examples we show using Windows 7, and connecting an XP laptop, but you can create one with Vista as well.

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