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    Default Wi-Fi Direct: Has anyone experimented with this feature?

    Has anyone utilized the Wi-Fi Direct feature on the Nexus yet?

    I'm not really sure exactly what I would be using this for, unless the Nexus has DLNA enabled in some fashion. File transfer, maybe?

    Anyway, I found this article on the net that describes the feature, generally: What is WiFi Direct Connect in Ice Cream Sandwich?
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    Default Re: Wi-Fi Direct: Has anyone experimented with this feature?

    You know, I was thinking about this earlier. I have to explore this later with my laptop, but it would be awesome to be able to transfer files from a PC to the phone over wifi direct, just by changing the PC's access point.

    Thanks for the link!
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    I made some blind attemps using Google TV and my logitech revue. It didn't work. I didn't even research if LR was compatable. I'm in need of a god DLNA application.
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    Bump -- anybody get this to work?
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    I don't even know what it is, and haven't had time to learn what it is. Therefore, I've left it alone.
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    Would love to know what feature this is as well. I was looking around and didn't see anything until that article was posted

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    It appears that right now both devices have to support Wifi Direct, unlike what that article says. None of my wifi devices see the Nexus as an access point. And I don't have any other wifi direct devices... So not terribly useful. Maybe if you wanted to transfer a large file between two Nexi? Or a Nexus and a Galaxy SII? Otherwise, its just a nifty idea.
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    I just read this on the 4.0.3 Platform Highlights (as linked to in Jerry H's great "ICS Cuts" critique):
    Support for Wi-Fi Direct lets users connect directly to nearby peer devices over Wi-Fi, for more reliable, higher-speed communication. No internet connection or tethering is needed. Through third-party apps, users can connect to compatible devices to take advantage of new features such as instant sharing of files, photos, or other media; streaming video or audio from another device; or connecting to compatible printers or other devices.
    Source: Android 4.0 Platform Highlights | Android Developers

    So it appears that this device, unlike the SGSII, only "supports" Wifi Direct, but you need an app to actually use it. Perhaps Samsung cooked such an app into the ROM on the SGSII? That might explain why they are saying the Nexus is the first phone to support it natively (i.e., OS level). Regardless, now we need apps! Calling all devs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Revolutionary View Post
    It appears that right now both devices have to support Wifi Direct, unlike what that article says. None of my wifi devices see the Nexus as an access point.
    My guess is that it configures the WiFi as an "AdHoc network". A WiFi network can either be configured in "Infrastructure" mode or "AdHoc" mode. The Infrastructure mode requires an access point to control everything and all traffic is routed through the access point. An AdHoc network has no access point and the devices communicate directly to each other.

    When WiFi first came out on computers, you had to choose between the AdHoc or Infrastructure mode when you setup your WiFi device. These days, those settings are hidden and Infrastructure is used by default because that's what 99.9% of the WiFi networks use.
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    Default Re: Wi-Fi Direct: Has anyone experimented with this feature?

    So, in reality, Wi-Fi direct is really just a peer-to-peer local LAN connection, correct? That is, if you wanted to transfer files using Wi-Fi speed, instead of Bluetooth, for example?
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    yeah. think of wifi direct as a high end competitor to bluetooth
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    Wifi direct between two galaxy s2's


    Wifi direct between gnexus and galaxy s2. Or should i say Non wifi direct. The video is in spanish but you see the problem he is having as well as myself and is probably the reason nobody is having luck getting wifi direct to connect with other devices. I am also getting a lot of fails with bluetooth file sharing (will recognize and sync but fails to transfer)
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    If you have a new intel wifi radio in your pc you can download apps that allow you to share pictures and video to your pc. Another intel app allows you to send/recieve calls and texts on your pc.
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    Default Re: Wi-Fi Direct: Has anyone experimented with this feature?

    I just tried this with 2 Galaxy Nexus phones and no go. Both phones did not see any additional network. In addition the WiFi direct check box and accompanying notification icon only stayed on 30 seconds to 5 minutes. The length of time seemed random.

    2 Galaxy Nexus Phones:
    Both phones with WiFi Direct activated = No connection
    1 Phone with WiFi Direct activated = No connection

    1 Galaxy Nexus Phone + 1 Laptop:
    1 Phone with Wifi Direct activated = No connection seen from either the laptop or phone

    1 Galaxy Nexus Phone + 1 Droid Incredible:
    GN with WiFi Direct activated = No connection seen with GN
    GN with WiFi Direct activated = No connection seen with Droid Incredible

    I scanned the available WiFi networks to see if WiFi Direct worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AirSushi View Post
    I just tried this with 2 Galaxy Nexus phones and no go. Both phones did not see any additional network. In addition the WiFi direct check box and accompanying notification icon only stayed on 30 seconds to 5 minutes. The length of time seemed random.

    2 Galaxy Nexus Phones:
    Both phones with WiFi Direct activated = No connection
    1 Phone with WiFi Direct activated = No connection

    1 Galaxy Nexus Phone + 1 Laptop:
    1 Phone with Wifi Direct activated = No connection seen from either the laptop or phone

    1 Galaxy Nexus Phone + 1 Droid Incredible:
    GN with WiFi Direct activated = No connection seen with GN
    GN with WiFi Direct activated = No connection seen with Droid Incredible

    I scanned the available WiFi networks to see if WiFi Direct worked.
    All that is present in 4.0 is the API to use Wifi Direct. There are no apps. So just turning it on won't do a thing -- you have to have an app that enables the access point and permits file transfer. I can't believe there isn't one yet, but there isn't. The Galaxy SII has the Kies AIR app, which is why wifi direct works with the GSII but not the GN (natively).

    I am not a coder, but I almost feel like I should just make one myself using App Inventor. I would get a lot of use out of it.
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    Sad to see as of April 2012 no active app for WiFi Direct. My plan was to use my new 8" Android 4.0 tablet with WiFi Direct on Atrix2 when it upgrades to 4.0 ICS as a mounted GPS, letting my Atrix 2 drive the Tablet graphics with live streaming via in car WiFi Direct.

    Using this wifi streaming app from Play

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...19187817247002

    Have my doubts now this will work.
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    Hi everyone,
    I have tried wifi direct on android 4.0.3 (hcl me tablet).Its not working.I have tried with wifi direct demo code.Once i run the code in eclipse ,it is automatically installating wifi direct in a android device.If i click into p2p on position it goes to the settings --> more ..After am not able to see the wifi direct there...what is the problem.....????? Is this code issue ????

    Can anyone help....

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    Dear All,
    I am trying to enable wifi direct on android 4.0.3 (ICS )device.I am using sample code of wifi direct demo,downloaded from android website.Actually,what i am facing is that, it is wifi direct installed into the device.I am able to see the wifi direct in android device.But if i turn ON p2p on/off position device.It goes to settings->more.Then it is not showing wifi direct option there in "more" option..Why it is happening like this????? Actually what is the problem???? may be sample code is the problem...???

    Can anyone help me.....

    waiting for reply.....

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    JK
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    Default Re: Wi-Fi Direct: Has anyone experimented with this feature?

    Still wish this worked. My wife and I transfer a lot of files, its very convenient to not have transfer using a PC first. While the WiFI Direct pairs a GN(4.1.1) JB and GS2(4.0.3) ICS, the file never transfers. So we resort to BT...which is just a slow PITA.

    I was hoping an upgrade to the N4 for her might enable it, but I guess there is no indication on that.
    N5 Black 32GB 4.4.2(I love this thing!!), N4 (4.4.2), iphone 5, etc., N7(4.4.2) AT&T(2 Unlimited Plan's) The Nexus 5 is so fast...I just finished the internet...The ending wasn't great...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chex313 View Post
    Still wish this worked. My wife and I transfer a lot of files, its very convenient to not have transfer using a PC first. While the WiFI Direct pairs a GN(4.1.1) JB and GS2(4.0.3) ICS, the file never transfers. So we resort to BT...which is just a slow PITA.

    I was hoping an upgrade to the N4 for her might enable it, but I guess there is no indication on that.
    You do know that when transferring with WiFi Direct there is no confirmation or popup on the target device it just sends it to /sdcard/Download. I would bet everything you have tried to send via WiFi direct is sitting in that folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DL View Post
    Sad to see as of April 2012 no active app for WiFi Direct. My plan was to use my new 8" Android 4.0 tablet with WiFi Direct on Atrix2 when it upgrades to 4.0 ICS as a mounted GPS, letting my Atrix 2 drive the Tablet graphics with live streaming via in car WiFi Direct.

    Have my doubts now this will work.
    Are people are still looking for an app? IF so, I'd be interested in taking on the challenge! I already have the WiFi direct code working to connectring and it's pretty cool. Let me know what you want to see and I'll look in to it!

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    I don't now when but an update removed Wifi direct from my GN.

    Edit : My mistake, its just buried in the Wifi menu!
    Last edited by Chex313; 02-17-2013 at 06:13 PM.
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    COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS FOR WI-FI DIRECT
    1. HAVE WI-FI ACTIVATED ON BOTH PHONES
    2. GO TO WI-FI DIRECT SEARCH PAGE ON BOTH PHONES
    3. BE SURE THAT BOTH PHONES IS SEARCHING AT THE SAME TIME
    4. AT SHORT TIME ON BOTH DEVICES WILL APPEAR THE OTHER DEVICE
    TIP: USE SUPERBEAM FROM PLAY STORE FOR APROXIMATELY 20 MBps FILE TRANSFER: SELECT FILES, CLICK SHARE, SELECT SUPERBEAM, WAIT UNTIL THE QR CODE IS GENERATED, OPEN SUPERBEAM SCANNER ON OTHER DEVICE AND SCAN QR CODE. MAKE SURE THAT THE DEVICES HAVE WI-FI TURNED ON, BUT NOT CONNECTED ON WI-FI DIRECT. (THEY WILL CONECT FOR YOU; IT WILL NOT WORK ELSE)

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