Android Ad-hoc Wireless Network Support

Android Ad-hoc Wireless Network Support

Some of you may be aware that Android does not show adhoc networks.  More precisely, and quoting from the AOSP – Android uses wpa_supplicant as the platform interface to the Wi-Fi device. Your Wi-Fi driver must be compatible with the standard wpa_supplicant in addition to extensions added to the supplicant.

However, XDA forum member blackplatypus has found a modified wpa_supplicant which does show adhoc networks and has posted the patch and information in the XDA forums.

The patch modifies the wpa_supplicant code in the external/wpa_supplicant AOSP repo to make adhoc networks appear as regular Access Points with a (*) prefix.

Originally modified by a developer by the name of ‘szym’, blackplatypus applied the patch and compiled it for Froyo and has supplied the signed update.zip with the modified wpa_supplicant.

For more information and to download the file, check out the modification thread.

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I've been around XDA since 2007 when I bought the HTC Touch, well things have moved on a lot since then, and I've tried my hand at developing for WM and Android (still learning), but wanted to contribute more by becoming a News Writer for XDA. I write mainly Android articles, and some Windows Mobile. We're always sifting through the masses of threads for front page news, but do let me or the other guys know if you think anything is newsworthy including any breaking news!