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Start Ad hoc Network To Share Internet and Files

There are two modes of networking; infrastructure mode and ad hoc mode. In infrastructure mode we use a central device like router or Access Point to connect all devices. This central device share Internet and files among devices connected to it. If you establish a direct connection between two devices without router or AP, it is called ad hoc network. In ad hoc mode, we can share Internet and data between computers. That means in an AD-Hoc network, there is no base station to control and coordinate the packet flow. Here packets are flowing from one computer to another directly and can be compared with walkies-talkies, because participating devices communicate directly with each other without any third party devices.

Create Ad hoc Network

Windows support adhoc networking. For example if you want to share broadband connection on your laptop with other computers in your home, you can simply do it by establishing an adhoc connection. Once you have created such a network on your PC, it can connect connect another device in the same mode and start sharing files or broadband. To create such a connection, follow the instructions below.
  1. Go to Control Panel

  2. Click on Network and Sharing Center

  3. Click on Setup a New Connection or network link

  4. click on Setup a wireless ad hoc
    direct wireless connection between laptop android phone

    Click next

  5. Now you will get warning to keep 30 feet as the maximum distance between PCs participating this connection.

    Click on next
After creating the new connection, this computer will announce its presence and you can share Internet connection between two computer using the ICS feature.

Duty of Ad Hoc Routing Protocols

To establish a connection between two computer without using a router, we need assistance from certain protocols called adhoc routing protocols. Here to participate to such a network without base device, it needs to announce itself. These protocols help to automate this process. Major ad-hoc routing protocol types are Pro-active routing, Reactive routing, Flow oriented routing, Adaptive routing and Hybrid routing. Some of them are listed below.

  1. Ad-hoc Wireless Distribution Service (AWDS)

    AWDS is a Layer 2 wireless mesh routing protocol works in the Pro-active routing technology.

  2. Clusterhead Gateway Switch Routing protocol (CGSR)

  3. Multirate Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector Routing Protocol

  4. Hybrid Routing Protocol for Large Scale Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (HRPLS)

  5. Hybrid Ad Hoc Routing Protocol

Maximum ad-hoc network Devices

Though seems simple, this type connection has a maximum limit of devices supported. There is a maximum limit of computers that can be connected to ad hoc connection. If you follow the link below, you will see a pdf file which explains the limitations of this type of network.

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Thanks a lot. Really a great help :)

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