ad hoc mode - Computer Definition
In wireless local area networks (WLANs), a temporary manner of operation that allows devices such as laptop computers to spontaneously discover each other and communicate directly, without the involvement of a centralized hub, or access point (AP). IEEE 802.11b and Bluetooth both include provisions for ad hoc mode. See also 802.11b, AP, Bluetooth, infrastructure mode, and WLAN.
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The mode of operation in a peer-to-peer wireless network, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, in which computers communicate with each other rather than to a central base station (access point). Contrast with infrastructure mode. See 802.11, 802.15 and mobile ad hoc network. See also ad hoc and ad hoc query.
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