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.
Power on the device you want to connect to your PC.
Navigate through the menu to find the Wi-Fi Direct option. Enable Wi-Fi Direct per the instructions for your device.
Note the network name -- SSID -- and the passcode.
Power on your PC. Access the Windows Charms bar, click "Search" and type "Wireless." Choose "Manage Wireless Networks" from the listed options.
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.
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).
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."
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.