I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and other has sp3. I am looking around internet but unable to get solution.

I also tried this way described by Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/bowman_02april08.mspx but unable to establish. Can you people guide me this process.


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    What problems are you encoutering? Both cards should be set for the same Ad-Hoc (not infrastructure) network in their wireless configuration Jun 4, 2009 at 20:26

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Are you looking for something like this?


It's called Ad-Hoc wireless networking and it can be used to connect PCs to each other (and to the internet via ICS) without a router.


andrewd18 has the best information link on how to set it up. The only drawback I remember i had last time I did this was that the network speed was limited to 11mb when using an ad hoc network. Maybe this has improved since then? Otherwise it worked great for me.

  • If i remember right, it depends on your hardware/driver whether 802.11b or g is available in ad-hoc mode. Even if g works in infrastructure mode it can be limited to b in ad-hoc mode.
    – user8602
    Mar 6, 2010 at 12:28

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