Wireless Network Modes

A wireless network can operate in one of two modes: infrastructure or ad-hoc. Infrastructure mode implies that each host that is connected to the network via the wireless device uses network infrastructure for services whereas ad-hoc mode implies that network services are provided by the host itself. For example, in infrastructure mode on a network that utilised Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) for Internet Protocol (IP) addresses management, the host would request an IP address from a DHCP server via the wireless devices to the network, whereas in ad-hoc mode the IP address would be set by the host itself, without reference to another network service. This would be the same case for other network services.