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In a given place there are two notebooks—HP Mini 210-1060BR and HP Mini 210-1040BR—no existent Wi-Fi connections available, no cable, both bluetooth enabled. What I want is to create a real LAN between the two, and—depending on how fast would that be—transfer files, play games, etc.

Alternatively I’d like to know if there's another way to do the same thing with no additional devices.


  1. Both notebooks are Bluetooth capable.
  2. Both are Wi-Fi capable.
  3. Both are realtively new (made in 2010).
  4. Both have 10/100 ethernet cable ports (though I don’t want to use it).
  5. Both are netbooks (but that doesn’t change much).
  6. Both are HP Mini’s: HP Mini 210-1060BR and HP Mini 210-1040BR.
  7. We are willing to install third party applications.
  8. Battery life is not a major concern (both have 6-cell batterys) .
  9. Both are using Windows 7 32-bit.
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Use wifi if you can, it's much faster than bluetooth (and easier to setup) – b0fh Aug 19 '10 at 11:44

What you're describing is called an Ad-Hoc network. They arent terribly complex to set up. Heres an article from microsoft doing exactly what you're looking for

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You can create an adhoc network and for this work you have these 2 choices:

Install a Wifi Hotspot app on one of them

You can install a wifi hotspot app on one of them and then create a hotspot and connect from the other. There are plenty of these softwares but I myself prefer to use Connectify which has the best compatibility and is best among the other alternatives .

Do it with windows itself

You can create an ad-hoc network with windows itself, all you have to do is to follow the instructions made here: for Windows 7 , for Windows 8 and 8.1

Also aside from all of these I recommend you to use a third party device such as a phone and by creating hotspot with phone and then connect both 2 laptops to this hotspot. This is better and you will fall into less/no problems (as my experience says).

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To be clear, a hotspot, and an ad-hoc network are two completely different things - one cannot be another. – cat Aug 6 '15 at 10:12

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