How ‘Hike Direct’ Works Without Internet Connection

hike direct chat shareBack in October 2015, Hike Messenger rolled out its ‘Hike Direct’ feature which allows users to chat and share files without an internet connection (data pack) on the device. Since then, we’ve received a number of queries asking about how the feature is made to work and how far can the two devices be. If you are on the same train of confusion and curiosity, you’re at the right place.

Hike Direct Uses Wi-Fi Direct Technology

Hike makes use of the Wi-Fi direct. So first of all, for easier explanation, here’s what Wikipedia writes about Wi-Fi Direct:

Wi-Fi Direct, initially called Wi-Fi P2P, is a Wi-Fi standard enabling devices to easily connect with each other without requiring a wireless access point. It is useful for everything from internet browsing to file transfer, to communicate with more than one device simultaneously at typical Wi-Fi speeds.

Simply saying, Wi-Fi direct allows a certified device to form a connection between the devices close to it. These days many devices such as printers, cameras; etc make use of Wi-Fi direct for providing a fast and reliable connection between the devices without any need  for internet.

If you know of sharing apps such as SHAREit, that’s exactly what Hike does. Just in a different way that targets chat as its primary feature and media sharing a secondary. Hike creates a peer – to – peer connection over which messages and media are sent and received.

Because this feature makes use of a Wi-Fi connection between the two devices, that’s why it has a maximum reach of 100 meters. Before you’d ask, no this limit cannot be increased unless new developments in the Wi-Fi adapters is made which allow for a smaller module with wider reach.

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