B4A Library Simple WIFI library Updated V. 3.07 09-05-2018

bgsoft

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This library is based on the library Jem:https://www.b4x.com/android/forum/threads/simple-wifi-library.38601/

Which Jem can no longer maintain.

I needed some methods that the library did not have, for an application I'm doing, and instead of creating a library from scratch, I preferred to take advantage of Jem's library and create those methods that I needed.

I've modified the source code, I have corrected some errors and added new methods that I needed.

I’ve tested on Android 4x, 5x and 6x on different devices and it gives me no error.

Author: V-2.17 by Jem Miller - Missing Link Software

Permissions:
android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE
android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE
android.permission.CHANGE_WIFI_STATE
android.permission.INTERNET
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK


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V-3.07 by bgsoft

Corrected compatibility issues with API level <21
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V-3.06 by bgsoft

Corrected compatibility issues with API level <23

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V-3.05 by bgsoft

Events:

Modified

ScanDone (Results() As String, Count As Int) Results()

returns a string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device, sorted 'by Signal strength. These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength (dBm) , "Saved" (if this network was previously saved for use on this device) or “”, BSSID, Signal Percentage (0-100%), Frequency (Mhz), Center Frequency 0 (Mhz), Center Frequency 1 (Mhz), Channel Width (Mhz), Channel number, Band (2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz), Distance (m).



Field:

Modified

Wifis As String()

A string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device, sorted 'by Signal strength. These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength (dBm) , "Saved" (if this network was previously saved for use on this device) or “”, BSSID, Signal Percentage (0-100%), Frequency (Mhz), Center Frequency 0 (Mhz), Center Frequency 1 (Mhz), Channel Width (Mhz), Channel number, Band (2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz), Distance (m).


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V-3.04 by bgsoft

New Constants:


CHANNEL_WIDTH_20MHZ = 0

Channel Width 20Mhz

CHANNEL_WIDTH_40MHZ = 1

Channel Width 40Mhz

CHANNEL_WIDTH_80MHZ = 2

Channel Width 80Mhz

CHANNEL_WIDTH_160MHZ = 3

Channel Width 160Mhz

CHANNEL_WIDTH_80MHZ_PLUS_MHZ = 4

Channel Width 80Mhz + 80Mhz


Events:

Modified

ScanDone (Results() As String, Count As Int) Results()

returns a string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device, sorted 'by Signal strength. These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength (dBm) , "Saved" (if this network was previously saved for use on this device) or “”, BSSID, Signal Percentage (0-100%), Frequency (Mhz), Channel Width (Mhz), Channel number, Band (2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz), Distance (m).


Field:

Modified


Wifis As String()

A string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device, sorted 'by Signal strength. These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength (dBm) , "Saved" (if this network was previously saved for use on this device) or “”, BSSID, Signal Percentage (0-100%), Frequency (Mhz), Channel Width (Mhz), Channel number, Band (2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz), Distance (m).


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V-3.03 by bgsoft

Events:


Modified

ScanDone (Results() As String, Count As Int)
Results() Sorted by Signal strength.


Method:

NEW
StopScan *** Erase by Error in version 3.02

NEW
WifiAPDistance As Double
Returns the estimated distance to WIFI Access Point, depending on the signal level and frequency
Returns 0 on error.

Modified
StartScan (EventName As String, NoEventOnSystemScan As Boolean)
Recovered parameter "NoEventOnSystemScan", Erase in version 3.02
Does not start Wifi if it is stopped.

Field:

Modified
Wifis As String()
A string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device, sorted 'by Signal strength. These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength, and "Saved" if this network was previously saved for use on this device.


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V-3.02 by bgsoft

Constants:

WIFI_2_4GHZ_BAND As Int = 1

2.4GHz WIFI Band

WIFI_5GHZ_BAND As Int = 2

5GHz WIFI Band

WIFI_MODE_FULL As Int = 1

In this WIFI lock mode, WIFI will be kept active, and will behave normally. It will attempt to automatically establish a connection to a remembered access point that is within range, and will do periodic scans if there are remembered access points but none are in range.

WIFI_MODE_SCAN_ONLY As Int = 2

In this WIFI lock mode, WIFI will be kept active, but the only operation that will be supported is initiation of scans, and the subsequent reporting of scan results. No attempts will be made to automatically connect to remembered access points, nor will periodic scans be automatically performed looking for remembered access points.
Scans must be explicitly requested by an application in this mode.

WIFI_MODE_FULL_HIGH_PERF As Int = 3

In this WIFI lock mode, WIFI will be kept active as in mode WIFI_MODE_FULL but it operates at high performance with minimum packet loss and low packet latency even when the device screen is off.
This mode will consume more power and hence should be used only when there is a need for such an active connection.


Events:

isOnline_PingDone(isOnline As Boolean)

Launches when "isOnlinePing5" finishes or when "isOnlinePing6" finishes or timeout
isOnline: Returns True if Internet is available


Methods:

WifiFrequency As Int

Returns the Link Frequency (MHz) of the connected WIFI Access Point
Returns 0 on error.

WifiChannel As Int

Returns the Link Channel of the connected WIFI Access Point
2.4GHz Band: 1 - 13, 14 (Japan only)
5GHz Band: 0 - 200
Returns -1 on error.

WifiBand As Int

Returns the Link Band of the connected WIFI Access Point
WIFI_2_4GHZ_BAND: 2.4GHz Band
WIFI_5GHZ_BAND: 5GHz Band
Returns 0 on error.

is5GHzBandSupported As Boolean

Returns true if this WIFI adapter supports 5 GHz band

holdWifiOn As Boolean

Allows an application to keep the WIFI radio awake. Normally the WIFI radio may turn off when the user has not used the device in a while.
WIFI radio will keep awake until "releaseWifiOn" is called.
Returns True on success

holdWifiOn2(lockType As Int) As Boolean

Allows an application to keep the WIFI radio awake. Normally the WIFI radio may turn off when the user has not used the device in a while.
WIFI radio will keep awake until "releaseWifiOn" is called.
lockType: WIFI_MODE_FULL, WIFI_MODE_SCAN_ONLY, WIFI_MODE_FULL_HIGH_PERF
Returns True on success

releaseWifiOn As Boolean

Unlocks the WIFI radio, previously locked by calling "holdWifiOn" or "holdWifiOn2", allowing it to
turn off when the device is idle.
Returns True on success

isWifiHeldOn As Boolean

Checks if WIFI is held On by a call to "holdWifiOn" or "holdWifiOn2"


isOnlinePing5(timeout As Long) As Boolean

Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to Google DNS server (Ip: 8.8.8.8)
Launches the event "isOnline_PingDone(isOnline As Boolean)" with the ping result
timeout: Maximum waiting time in milliseconds
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if success

isOnlinePing6(IpHost As String, timeout As Long) As Boolean

Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to IpHost
Launches the event "isOnline_PingDone(isOnline As Boolean)" with the ping result
IpHost: Ip address or Host name
timeout: Maximum waiting time in milliseconds
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if success

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V-3.01 by bgsoft

I have added the "stopScan" method to stop "_ScanDone" events from scans made automatically by the system, in the background.

I have also modified the "startScan" method, adding the parameter "NoEventOnSystemScan" that allows to disable the events coming from Scans made automatically by the system, in the background.

Two new isOnlinePing3 and isOnlinePing4 methods, equivalent to isOnlinePing and isOnlinePing2 but adding a timeout parameter, in milliseconds.

NEW

isOnlinePing3(timeout As Long) As Boolean

Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to Google DNS server (Ip: 8.8.8.8)
timeout: Maximum waiting time in milliseconds
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if Internet is available

isOnlinePing4(IpHost As String, timeout As Long) As Boolean

Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to IpHost
IpHost: Ip address or Host name
timeout: Maximum waiting time in milliseconds
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if Internet is available

stopScan

Stops events launched on system background scans, if enabled in "startScan".
Call "updateWifiList" to re-activate this events.

UPDATED
startScan(EventName As String, NoEventOnSystemScan As Boolean)

Initializes all objects and scans for WIFI networks. Builds a string array of results (wifis) that can be accessed directly or with a call to updateWifiList.
EventName: Name of the Event to launch when Scan finish (EventName_ScanDone)
NoEventOnSystemScan: Launches events only on requested scans (true) or on all scans (false), including system background scans.
THIS METHOD SHOULD ONLY BE CALLED ONCE!

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V-3.00 by bgsoft

Class MLwifi

Methods:


APIversion As Int
Returns the Version of Android running on the device as an integer such as 19, 21, 23, etc

EnableWifi(Enabled As Boolean)
Turns WIFI On or Off. Pass True to Enable WIFI or False to Disable

isWifiEnabled As Boolean
Returns whether WIFI is Enabled (true) or Disabled (false)

WifiMACAddress As String
Returns the MAC Address of the WIFI interface or empty string

WifiIpAddress As String
Returns the IP Address of the WIFI interface or empty string

WifiSSID As String
Returns the current WIFI SSID or empty string

WifiSignal As Int
Returns the WIFI signal strength in dBm as an integer or 0 on error

WifiStrength As Int
Returns the WIFI signal strength in percentage as an integer (0 to 100)
Returns 0 on error
This method fails in some devices. Use WifiSignalPct() instead

CalcWifiPct(int WifiSignal)
Calculates WIFI signal percentage from the WIFI signal level as an integer (0 to 100)
Signal Range: -100dBm -> 0%, -50dBm -> 100%

WifiSignalPct As Int
Returns the WIFI signal strength in percentage as an integer (0 to 100)
Returns 0 on error

WifiLinkSpeed As Int
Returns the LinkSpeed of the connected WIFI Access Point
Returns 0 on error.

isWifiConnectedOld As Boolean
Checks if WIFI is connected. This only checks for WIFI connection to a router
It does NOT test for Internet availability
Returns True if WIFI is connected or False if 2G, 3G, 4G, WIMAX or no connection
This method uses "getNetworkInfo()" that was deprecated in API level 23

isWifiConnected As Boolean
Checks if WIFI is connected. This only checks for WIFI connection to a router
It does NOT test for Internet availability
Returns True if WIFI is connected or False if 2G, 3G, 4G, WIMAX or no connection

isMobileConnected As Boolean
Checks if Phone Data is connected. This only checks for connection to a phone network.
It does NOT test for Internet availability.
Returns True if 2G, 3G or 4G Data is connected or False if WIFI, WIMAX or no connection

ActiveNetworkTypeName As String
Returns the Type (0:MOBILE, 1:WIFI, 6:WIMAX, 7:BLUETOOTH, 9:ETHERNET, etc) of the current Active Network or -1

ActiveNetworkType As Int
Returns the Type Name (WIFI, MOBILE, etc) of the current Active Network or empty string

isOnline As Boolean
Checks for Internet connection
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if Internet is available
ERROR!!!. This method only checks if the device is connected to any network (WIFI, Phone Data, etc),
but the network can be not connected to Internet (ADSL router not connected to phone line, etc)

isOnlinePing As Boolean
Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to Google DNS server (Ip: 8.8.8.8)
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if Internet is available

isOnlinePing2(String IpHost) As Boolean
Checks for Internet connection by sending a Ping to any Internet server
IpHost: Ip address or Host name
This method does not check or care what type of network is used
It can be WIFI, 2G, 3G, 4g, WIMAX, etc. It just tests for Internet connectivity
Returns True if Internet is available

saveWifiAP(String ssid, int security, String password, boolean connect) As Boolean
Saves the configuration of a WIFI AP onto the device
ssid: Access Point SSID
security: Access Point security type (0:NONE, 1:WEP, 2:WAP)
password: Access Point password/phrase ("" for an open network)
connect: true -> Connect to the WIFI AP after saving
Returns True on success

isSavedWifiAP(String ssid) As Boolean
Checks if a WIFI AP is saved on the device
ssid: Access Point SSID
Returns True if this SSID is saved

removeWifiAP(String ssid) As Boolean
Remove a saved WIFI AP on the device
ssid: Access Point SSID
Returns True on success

disconnectWifiAP() As Boolean
Disconnects the current WIFI AP connection
Returns True on success

connectWifiAP(String ssid) As Boolean
Connects to a WIFI AP already configured on the device
ssid: Access Point SSID
Returns true on success

Class MLscan

Events:

ScanDone(Results() As String, Count As Int)
Launches when Scan finishes and a new list of Access Points is ready
Results(): A string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device.
These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength, and "Saved" if this network was previously
saved for use on this device.
Count: The number of elements in the Results() array

Fields:

wifis As String[]

A string array containing all scanned Access Points in the area of the device.
These are comma separated entries consisting of the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal strength, and "Saved" if this network was previously
saved for use on this device.

Methods:

startScan(EventName As String)
Initializes all objects and scans for WIFI networks. Builds a string array
of results (wifis) that can be accessed directly or with a call to updateWifiList.
EventName: Name of the Event to launch when Scan finish (EventName_ScanDone)
THIS METHOD SHOULD ONLY BE CALLED ONCE!
Call only after startScan has already been called and a string array of Access Points
has been built. This method returns a string array containing the access points from the
most recent scan, including background scans done automatically by the Android WifiManager.
Calls the ScanDone event when a new list is ready.
Returns the string array of comma separated WIFI access points by SSID. Each entry may
contain the following:
SSID, Security Type, Signal level (in dBm), and the word "Saved" if the network was
previously saved for use on this device.
updateWifiList

getBSSID(EntryNumber As Int) As String
Returns the BSSID for the selected entry.
EntryNumber: If you display the string array wifis or the array returned in the getWifiList method UNSORTED,
you can pass the Position variable from your ListView_Click event.
Otherwise, you must pass the entry number from the string array since that is what is used as a reference.

WifiCap(EntryNumber As Int) As String
Returns a String containing info about the selected entry. A startScan must have already been done.
The string contains the SSID, the BSSID, and the Capabilities of the Network Access Point,
comma separated (SSID,BSSID,CapabilityString). The capabilities part can be quite long.
EntryNumber: If you display the string array wifis or the array returned in the getWifiList method UNSORTED,
you can pass the Position variable from your ListView_Click event.
Otherwise, you must pass the entry number from the string array since that is what is used as a reference.
Returns a string of comma separated entries of SSID,BSSID, and capability string. Returns an empty string on error.

isSavedWifiAP(EntryNumber As Int) As Boolean
Checks the stored networks on the device to see if this entry is a previously saved Access Point
EntryNumber: The entry number in the wifis array to check. If you display the string array wifis or
the array returned in the getWifiList method UNSORTED, you can pass the Position variable from
your ListView_Click event.
Otherwise, you must pass the entry number from the string array since that is what is used as a reference.
Returns True if this is a stored network

connectWifiAP(EntryNumber As Int) As Boolean
Connects to a network already configured on the device. The device will use saved values to connect.
EntryNumber: If you display the string array wifis or the array returned in the getWifiList method UNSORTED,
you can pass the Position variable from your ListView_Click event.
Otherwise, you must pass the entry number from the string array since that is what is used as a reference.
Returns true on success

listSavedNetworks As List
Builds a list of all saved networks on the device.
Returns a comma separated list of: SSID,BSSID,Network ID number.

saveWifiAP(EntryNumber As Intr, securityType As String, Password As String) As Boolean
Saves the configuration of a WIFI AP onto the device and connects to it.
EntryNumber: If you display the string array wifis or the array returned in the getWifiList method UNSORTED,
you can pass the Position variable from your ListView_Click event.
Otherwise, you must pass the entry number from the string array since that is what is used as a reference.
securityType: The Access Point security type (returned in the scan result string array)
Password: The password/phrase for the WIFI access point. Pass "" for an open network. Handles WEP HEX or text phrases
Returns True if the connection is successful

removeWifiAP(NetId As Int) As Boolean
Remove a saved WIFI AP on the device
NetId - The network ID number to delete (returned in the listSavedNetworks method)
Returns True on success



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Jmu5667

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Hello @bgsoft

Would it be possible to add a method to MLScan to stop the scan. I have a service for handling wifi related stuff and after the service is run once I see 'Ignoring event as service was destroyed: scan_scandone' in the log. It would be more efficient to stop the scan and the events being raised when the service is no long active.

Thanks in advance

John.
 

bgsoft

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Hello @bgsoft

Would it be possible to add a method to MLScan to stop the scan. I have a service for handling wifi related stuff and after the service is run once I see 'Ignoring event as service was destroyed: scan_scandone' in the log. It would be more efficient to stop the scan and the events being raised when the service is no long active.

Thanks in advance

John.
Hi John:

It is already done in the new version (3.01)

Regards
 

bgsoft

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Hi:

I have implemented new methods and events:

Changes v-3.02:

Added Permission:
android.permission.WAKE_LOCK

Added Constants:
WIFI_2_4GHZ_BAND, WIFI_5GHZ_BAND, WIFI_MODE_FULL, WIFI_MODE_SCAN_ONLY, WIFI_MODE_FULL_HIGH_PERF

Added Event:
isOnline_PingDone(isOnline As Boolean)

Addeds Methods:
WifiFrequency As Int
WifiChannel As Int
WifiBand As Int
is5GHzBandSupported As Boolean

holdWifiOn As Boolean
holdWifiOn2(lockType As Int) As Boolean
releaseWifiOn As Boolean
isWifiHeldOn As Boolean

isOnlinePing5(timeout As Long) As Boolean
isOnlinePing6(IpHost As String, timeout As Long) As Boolean
 
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SimonatMSL

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Hi

I am using this excellent library to write my first (simple) app. Everything works, except I just added a call to WifiChannel and it causes a run-time error thus:

Logger connected to: BCom Mobile B.V. EX-SM14
--------- beginning of /dev/log/main
--------- beginning of /dev/log/system
** Service (starter) Create **
** Service (starter) Start **
** Activity (main) Create, isFirst = true **
** Activity (main) Resume **
java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: android.net.wifi.WifiInfo.getFrequency
at wifi.MLwifi.WifiFrequency(MLwifi.java:210)
at wifi.MLwifi.WifiChannel(MLwifi.java:221)
at b4a.example.main._updatewifi(main.java:963)
at b4a.example.main._timer1_tick(main.java:908)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
at anywheresoftware.b4a.shell.Shell.runMethod(Shell.java:710)
at anywheresoftware.b4a.shell.Shell.raiseEventImpl(Shell.java:342)
at anywheresoftware.b4a.shell.Shell.raiseEvent(Shell.java:249)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
at anywheresoftware.b4a.ShellBA.raiseEvent2(ShellBA.java:134)
at anywheresoftware.b4a.objects.Timer$TickTack.run(Timer.java:105)
at android.os.Handler.handleCallback(Handler.java:808)
at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:103)
at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:193)
at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5299)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:829)
at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:645)
at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)

The same thing happens if I call WifiBand. The target phone is a Android 4.4.2.

Regards, Simon
 

FrankBerra

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I am using original WifiLibrary from a lot of time and it worked perfectly. Now i am looking my app more closely and i fired a "startScan" with wifi powered off.
In this case the library Powers on the wifi adapter automatically, and in my case it is not a good behaviour.

Is it possible to add isScanAlwaysAvailable() option and perform a wifi scanning with the adapter powered off?
Info: https://developer.android.com/reference/android/net/wifi/WifiManager.html#isScanAlwaysAvailable()

Thanks in advance
 
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almontgreen

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I've been looking at the library but don't see a way to create or activate a VPN network (personal hotspot) on a device with this library? Before I assume that isn't possible, I thought I would ask. I'm not the brightest bulb in the socket, ha ha.
 

JTmartins

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Tryed this lib.

Version 3.01 has a stopScan method, however that method aparentetly is not present in 3.02.

In 3.02 the scandone method is keeps being fired (android 6 here), although scan has been requested only once.

Also in 3.01 (the one I'm using, since 3.02 does not include the StopScan) the W1Scan.saveWifiAP, always returns false, even if the connection is achieved.
 
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FrankBerra

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I noticed that the ScanDone is being fired multiple times because the library registers a broadcast receiver and so every time the OS performs a scan the ScanDone sub get fired.
For avoiding to execute the code in the sub Scandone when not needed you can use for example a boolean variable like this example

B4X:
Sub FireIt
ScanStarted=True
wifi.startscan("wifi")
End sub

Sub wifi_ScanDone
 If ScanStarted==True then
    Scanstarted=False

    '......<Your remaining code here>.....

 End if
End sub
 

bgsoft

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Licensed User
I am using original WifiLibrary from a lot of time and it worked perfectly. Now i am looking my app more closely and i fired a "startScan" with wifi powered off.
In this case the library Powers on the wifi adapter automatically, and in my case it is not a good behaviour.

Is it possible to add isScanAlwaysAvailable() option and perform a wifi scanning with the adapter powered off?
Info: https://developer.android.com/reference/android/net/wifi/WifiManager.html#isScanAlwaysAvailable()

Thanks in advance
I'm going to study it

Regards
 

bgsoft

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Licensed User
I've been looking at the library but don't see a way to create or activate a VPN network (personal hotspot) on a device with this library? Before I assume that isn't possible, I thought I would ask. I'm not the brightest bulb in the socket, ha ha.
At the moment it is not planned.
Later I will look at the possibility of implementing it

regards
 

bgsoft

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Licensed User
Tryed this lib.

Version 3.01 has a stopScan method, however that method aparentetly is not present in 3.02.

In 3.02 the scandone method is keeps being fired (android 6 here), although scan has been requested only once.

Also in 3.01 (the one I'm using, since 3.02 does not include the StopScan) the W1Scan.saveWifiAP, always returns false, even if the connection is achieved.
Hi, thanks for saying it, I deleted it by mistake :D.

the W1Scan.saveWifiAP, always returns false, even if the connection is achieved.
I've tried it on several devices and it works fine


In the next version is already corrected the StopScan

regards
 
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