Windows 7: How to Create an Ad Hoc Network

There are times when I want to create an ad hoc network to share files or a network connection. Here are the steps to create an ad hoc network in Windows 7.

  1. Click on Start (Windows icon) and type wireless. Click on Manage wireless networks.
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  2. Click on Add to add a network.
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  3. Click on Create an ad hoc network.
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  4. Click on Next.
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  5. Enter a name for your network and configure the security options. Click on Next when you are done.
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[Update: 3/21/2009] If you are interested in setting up an ad hoc network with encryption, please see this post.

[Update: 8/17/2010] Please see my latest post about setting an ad hoc network to share an internet connection.

  • Ruch

    please send me an example oh adHoc password. I cant create a password!!! so soon…

  • mary

    What If it doesnt say create ad-hoc when you Click on add and the question “how do you want to add a network?

  • Sean

    Is this ad gov network compatible with IPods and IPhones ?

    • amida168

      Yes, you can connect your iPhones or any other WIFI devices to the ad hoc network.

  • Den

    i create ad hoc but there is no network connection to other Pc

  • kkrg

    Trying to connect my iphone to the adhoc network bt nt being able to. it says unable to connect..what should i do?

    • amida168

      Can other device connect to the ad hoc network you created?

  • Julius

    My phone cannot detect the ad hoc network ? my wifi is on al my phone ? i tried remaking it but no luck!

  • why my phone cannot connect to ad hoc/ even though it can read the ad hoc

    • amida168

      It could be the security type. I found that WEP is better.

  • prakas

    use this simple tool to create wifi adhoc networks in windows 8……

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Misc-Networking-Tools/Wi-MAN.shtml

  • Dont

    when i click Creat ad hoc… there’s this thing that pops out that says ” unexpected error occured” what to do?

  • yameen

    create ad hock at open donot choose shared or wep encrypt disable you can acces net without pasword only and any mobile or pc can be connected thankyou

  • After cret a adhoc network 1 error see me .that one is window can not creat this network