In the past few days I was reading about USB protocols and figuring out the difference between USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and USB 3.2 Gen 2.
I could only conclude that USB Implementers Forum is insane…
The problem is my laptop doesn’t have a USB-C port.
But it does have a USB 3.0 Type-A port (AKA USB 3.1 Gen 1 AKA USB 3.2 Gen 1 - see why they’re insane? (source)
To make matters more complicated, the USB OTG - or is it Dual-Role-Device (DRD) ??? - which allows devices to act as Host or Peripheral, apparently needs a Type-C connector to work. Although I’m not sure about this, but I’m not alone: see here.
So in my moment of weakness, I went on to try a different solution: using windows Ad-Hoc WiFi Network, and using Mouse without Borders. I tried a number of programs until I found out that Microsoft decided to remove this feature in favour of WiFi Direct.
Wi-Fi Direct is a Wi-Fi standard allowing Wi-Fi Direct enabled devices to easily connect to each other without having to go through an access point, or even need a router. You can think of Wi-Fi Direct as a much more robust Ad-Hoc connection that is as fast as a Wi-Fi connection; like a hybrid of Ad-Hoc and Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi Direct is useful for everything from Internet browsing to file transfers to communicating with one or more devices simultaneously at typical Wi-Fi speeds. This is because Wi-Fi Direct allows Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other and form groups, usually one-to-one, but also one-to-many.
So what does this mean for you? As of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that Wi-Fi card manufacturers like Realtek, Intel, and Dell should no longer support the “hostednetwork” protocol that was used in previous versions of Windows to create Wi-Fi hotspots. Instead, newer Wi-Fi cards and firmware updates being rolled out to current cards should begin using the new Wi-Fi Direct APIs for creating wireless access points. Since Connectify Hotspot is the only third-party virtual router software that can leverage the new Wi-Fi Direct protocol, our hotspot software solution is your best bet for click-of-a-button Wi-Fi hotspots on Windows 10 and beyond.
And I don’t wanna pay 12€ for this software.
So I went back to the USB idea and went to the basics (here and here).
And now I’m trying to figure out if I can send and receive the raw signals going through USB. There has to be a way…