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      Latest reply: Sep 14, 2016 2:10 AM by eskimo RSS
      wirelessWinner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

        I'm trying to figure out how to connect to a small embedded wireless device over wifi while keeping the celluar data connection active to log sensor data to a server. Is there an API that lets me create a wifi hotspot for the sensor to connect to the phone without requiring the user to configure network stuff manually?

        Or maybe the sensor can act as a soft AP and the phone can connect to it for a small amount of time to retrieve the latest reading.

        Is this actually possible to do without manual user configuration?

        • Re: Connecting to wifi sensors while keeping cellular active
          eskimo Apple Staff Apple Staff (7,530 points)

          Is there an API that lets me create a wifi hotspot for the sensor to connect to the phone without requiring the user to configure network stuff manually?

          No.

          Or maybe the sensor can act as a soft AP and the phone can connect to it for a small amount of time to retrieve the latest reading.

          Is this actually possible to do without manual user configuration?

          No.

          What you’re looking for here is some form of peer-to-peer Wi-Fi.  Apple platforms support this (subject to caveats) but this only works between Apple platforms.  This restriction has been discussed before on DevForums; a good place to start is this post.

          The standard workaround is something you’ve already considered: have the accessory create its own access point.  This works, but the final user experience is less than ideal.  This post explains the details.

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