I am currently doing research on the topic of WiFi-Aware which is supported on Android since Oreo. While doing so I struggle to find any information concerning the following question:

Is there any way to enable WiFi-Aware / Neigbhor Awarness Networking on a PC running either Windows or Linux? So that you could advertise services to nearby mobile phones?

How can I solve this?

  • Considering this is an active project in development I would guess that either there is information about what products it works on or there is not. So, what has your own research shown you so far? Based on the little bit of Googling I've done on this, it appears that it is specifically targeted towards mobile computers. There doesn't appear to be anything inherent preventing laptops from using the spec, but there also doesn't seem to be any mention of its use on those systems. – music2myear Nov 8 at 22:05

Wi-Fi Aware is basically vaporware everywhere except Android.

Wi-Fi Aware / NAN is a descendent of the Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL) technology that Apple pioneered in iOS (and a year later, macOS) for AirDrop and some AirPlay scenarios. I believe it's also used for Handoff (where an app on your iPhone can send its state to a partner app on macOS, or vice-versa, so you can switch a task from laptop to mobile and back with ease). I think AWDL is also used a few other things, like the way a Mac can trigger mobile hotspot mode on a nearby iPhone.

I don't think Apple provides any APIs for third parties to leverage AWDL. But if you wanted to play with those pre-packaged uses, get a Mac and an iPhone and have fun.

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