About the Wi-Fi Direct feature

The Native Wifi API contains a set of functions that support the use of Wi-Fi Direct for desktop apps. Starting on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Wi-Fi Direct functions were added to the Native Wifi API.

The Wi-Fi Direct feature is based on the development of the Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer Technical Specification v1.1 by the Wi-Fi Alliance (see Wi-Fi Alliance Published Specifications). The goal of the Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer Technical Specification is to provide a solution for Wi-Fi device-to-device connectivity without the need for either a Wireless Access Point (wireless AP) to setup the connection or the use of the existing Wi-Fi ad hoc (IBSS) mechanism.


Ad hoc mode might not be available in future versions of Windows. Starting with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, use Wi-Fi Direct instead.


For a desktop app, the Wi-Fi Direct feature requires that Wi-FI Direct devices be previously paired by the user with the Windows Pairing experience user interface. Once this pairing is completed, a profile is stored that allows the Wi-Fi Direct functions to be used to start a Wi-Fi Direct session to establish a connection between the Wi-Fi Direct devices.

The following functions support the Wi-Fi Direct feature.

For more information on using Wi-Fi Direct in a desktop app, see Using the Wi-Fi Direct functions.

For more information on Wi-Fi Direct for use in Windows Store apps, see PeerFinder and related classes in the Windows.Networking.Proximity namespace.

Other resources

About Native Wifi

About the Native Wifi API

About the Wireless Ad Hoc API

Using the Wi-Fi Direct functions