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Maybe I didn't understand at all the concept of wifi-direct, but, can an android be connected in the same time to a wifi for internet and a printer via wifidirect ?

When i'm connected to my printer, i lose the ability to reach the internet via "normal" wifi.

This could be a duplicate of this question, but it has no answer and is marked as duplicate of that question, which does not cover that subject (we're talking about 2 wifis, not 3G + wifidirect).

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    You only have one WiFi chip so you can only either connect to a hotspot or host one, not both at the same time. (WiFi direct uses a hosted hotspot for connection so your phone acts like one) With two individual WiFi adapters it would be possible to do.
    – GiantTree
    Feb 6, 2015 at 11:52
  • Thx GiantTree ; so if I want my app to be able to print, i have to programmatically switch connexion in-app ? (could you put your comment in an answer so i up it ?) Feb 6, 2015 at 11:55

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According to SO this should be possible:

That "last item" no longer is the last item, though – so let me quote that "official reply":1

All devices certified under the Wi-Fi Direct program allow the user to connect to an infrastructure or a Wi-Fi Direct-certified network. Some devices certified under the Wi-Fi Direct program support connections to both an infrastructure network and Wi-Fi Direct-certified group at the same time (e.g. a laptop may support an infrastructure connection while also belonging to a Wi-Fi Direct-certified group). Simultaneous connection to a Wi-Fi Direct-certified group and an infrastructure network is an optional feature.


1: That site belongs to the Wi-Fi Alliance®, see Who we are

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  • standard or not, should work or not: It will work in most devices simultaneously, but not in all. Implementation of Wifi-Direct differs from device to device, there are even major differences between devices from the same manufacturer. Mar 14, 2019 at 13:53
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You only have one WiFi adapter so you only can either connect to a hotspot or host one, not do both at the same time. This is so because WiFi-direct is basically acting as a hotspot for others.

With two individual WiFi adapters it would be possible because you would have two individual network connections.

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Wifi can be used for single operation only. You can use either wifi or hotspot.

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