Short and to the point: how can I start an ad-hoc connection between two N8s?
I wrote an app that allows two Nokia N8 phones to exchange data wirelessly between each other, via Wi-fi. It works fine no matter what kind of access point is used (infrastructure or ad-hoc), but the ad-hoc connection is preferred since you won't need a router and can use the app anywhere.
Unfortunately it seems to be really complicated to start the ad-hoc connection because it is never listed in the WLAN wizard (unless one phone is already using the ad-hoc connection).
First, here's how I create the ad-hoc connection in each phone (this operation is done only once, of course):
Before I open the app I start the "adhoc" connection following these steps:
I think this is too complicated for most users, not to mention time consuming. I could write an app to automatically start the access point, but the reasons that makes this complicated are many and not related to this post.
So my question is: could someone tell me how can I start an ad-hoc connection between two N8 phones in a very simple, easy and fast way?
2010-11-23 2:58 - edited 2010-11-23 2:59
I'm not even sure if this is possible because one of the devices has to be set as accesspoint ( router).
Yes, it's not only possible, but the whole point of an ad-hoc connection is that you don't need a router - it is a direct, peer-to-peer network. You can visit this Wikipedia article for more information.
I'm not questioning if it is possible - I'm affirming it is and I can assure you I've been using it for a couple of months. Since I'm new to Symbian, I thought that there could be a better, easier way for a user to start the connection than the method I described in my post.
I guess there might not be a simpler way, but I wanted to ask anyway - even though I know this is a long shot, since the feature in question is not commonly used, and I have already asked some Symbian folks and their only answer was silence...
It appears that when you create a Phone Switch bluetooth shortcut, it can also automatically create an ad-hoc connection between the devices. It actually worked between my N8 and N97mini, so I assume it would work between 2 N8s.
Afterwards, the ad-hoc shows up under Destinations -> Uncategorized on BOTH devices. Its name is an autoassigned 14 character number. WEP is already set up as 128 bit.
It's so easy, I didn't even know what happened till after my *amazingly* fast data transfer. Even photos and videos!!
In the United States, you will soon lose the ability to use ad-hoc WiFi mode completely on newer Nokia phones. This mode will be blocked with the next set of firmware updates. I received an e-mail from one Symbian app vendor about this, whose app will effectively be shut down because of this decision.
I do not have more information on why the FCC is mandating this for these Symbian-based phones, or if more phones and mobile devices will be subject to this new mandate.
Is there any other application taht can use ad-hoc connection funcionality for Symbian S60v3? eg. voice calls, chat, exchanging files, streaming audio.