What Is an Ad Hoc Network?
Connecting two computers does not always require a centrally managed network. Instead, users can set up an ad hoc network between two computers. The two devices communicate through an ethernet cable or wireless cards. However, this connection is only temporary.
How does it Work?
Let’s say that Adam needs to transfer a file over to his friend, Eve, but doesn’t have access to a safe Wi-Fi connection. He can create an ad hoc network instead.
An ad hoc network is a temporary type of Local Area Network (LAN). If you set up ad hoc networks permanently, it becomes a LAN.
Multiple devices can use ad hoc networks at the same time, but this might cause a lull in performance. Users can also employ a network to access the internet, as long as the hosting device can access the internet. This might be useful if only one small area of a location can access the internet, but multiple people need to get online.
With a network, several devices can share the host device’s internet access. Musato Technologies offers network solutions and services to both businesses and houses.
Adam can create an a network between his and Eve’s laptops wirelessly, as long as it is within 100 meters (about 328 feet). From that point, he can transfer files to Eve’s laptop.
However, since Adam’s computer is the hosting device, the connection between the two devices will end when Adam ends the session, no matter how many devices are connected to the network at the time.
Ad Hoc Connection Security
One of the biggest concerns with this type of network is security. If cyber-attackers get within signal range, they will generally be able to connect to a wireless ad hoc network and, therefore, to the device.
Furthermore, users cannot disable their SSID broadcast in ad hoc mode, meaning that the network name cannot be hidden if users are in a public place. For this reason, these networks are not always appropriate.
However, because ad hoc connections are temporary and only accessible within 100 meters, they can be ideal for some situations. Attackers cannot hack into a device from far away and do not have unlimited time to plan their attack.