How to Set Up Wi-Fi Direct Using a PC

By James T Wood

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.

Wi-Fi Direct

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 1

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).

Step 2

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."

Step 3

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.