How to Set Up Wi-Fi Direct Using a PC

Wi-Fi Direct is a certification from the non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance that allows devices to connect directly to each other without the need for a wireless router. The certification went live in 2010 -- with some manufactures providing a pre-certification version of the technology -- but most computer makers stopped offering the tool in PCs by 2013 because other devices are capable of creating a Wi-Fi Direct network and computers can create a similar ad-hoc network to accomplish the same function.

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Wi-Fi Direct allows you to connect device where you wouldn't otherwise have a network.
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Wi-Fi Direct

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Power on the device you want to connect to your PC.

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Navigate through the menu to find the Wi-Fi Direct option. Enable Wi-Fi Direct per the instructions for your device.

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Note the network name -- SSID -- and the passcode.

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Power on your PC. Access the Windows Charms bar, click "Search" and type "Wireless." Choose "Manage Wireless Networks" from the listed options.

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Click "Add," choose the name of the Wi-Fi network created by your Wi-Fi Direct device and enter the passcode. Your PC is now connected to the Wi-Fi Direct network.

Ad-Hoc Network

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Click "Start," type "create network" and click "Set up an Ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network." Note that Windows 8 does not have ad hoc networking as a standard feature. You can download an application to create the network for you (link in Resources).

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Click "Next" to begin setting up your Wi-Fi network. Type in the network name, choose the security type and enter a passcode. Choose the highest level of security that all your devices can use. When you're done, click "Next."

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Power on the device you want to connect to your computer and enable the Wi-Fi adapter. Select the network name you created and connect to it. Enter the passcode to connect to the network. An ad-hoc network will remain active until you disconnect it or turn off the computer. It will not be re-enabled unless you manually re-enable it.