Share Huge Files by Setting Up an Ad-Hoc Network

Last Updated Dec 5, 2010 11:38 PM EST

You already know a bunch of ways to get your hands on a huge file on someone else's computer, but if they're all too time consuming or convoluted, I have a simpler solution for you. It's easy to create a private wireless network between any number of PCs using Windows Vista or Windows 7. It's called an Ad-Hoc network and it takes about 30 seconds to configure.

Here's how to create your network:

  1. On one PC, click the Wi-Fi signal strength icon in the Notification Area.
  2. Choose Open Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Choose Set up a new connection or network.
  4. Choose Set up a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network.
If you've never done this before, you will need to name the network, choose the level of security, and enter an optional password.

Then, on the other computer(s) that want to join this ad-hoc network, click the Wi-Fi signal strength icon and choose the network from the list. Join it like you would any other Wi-Fi network.

Don't underestimate the simplicity and convenience of an ad-Hoc network to quickly share files between two or more PCs.

Would you rather share files without creating or joining a new network? Don't forget about these more common alternatives: