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How Are Infrastructure And Ad Hoc Networks Different - Dell All-in-One Wireless Printer P513w User Manual

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Attach the small, square connector to the back of the printer.
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Continue following the on-screen instructions.

How are infrastructure and ad hoc networks different?

Wireless networks can operate in one of two modes: infrastructure or ad hoc.
In infrastructure mode, all devices on a wireless network communicate with each other through an access point
(wireless router).
In ad hoc mode, a computer with a wireless network adapter communicates directly with a printer equipped with a
wireless print server.
Characteristics
Communication
Security
Range
Speed
Requirements for all devices
Unique IP address for each device
Mode set to
Same SSID
Same channel
We recommend setting up a network in infrastructure mode using the installation software CD. Infrastructure mode
provides:
Increased network security
Increased reliability
Faster performance
Easier setup
Infrastructure
Through an access point
More security options
Determined by the range and
number of access points
Usually faster
Yes
Infrastructure mode
Yes, including the access point
Yes, including the access point
Networking
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Ad hoc
Directly between devices
WEP or no security
Restricted to the range of individual
devices on the network
Usually slower
Yes
Ad hoc mode
Yes
Yes

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