After the tremendous success of my first Library MayI :P I decided to make another one. In general I like to make stuff I wanna use in my personal projects but before I get to that step, I always do a research first in the abundance of open source libraries to find something that could fit my needs. So that's what I did but to my surprise I only came across one or two outdated libraries that wouldn't fulfill my expectations.

Therefore I would like to introduce to you WiFi Utils. A library that provides a set of convenience methods for managing WiFi State, WiFi Scan, And WiFi Connection to Hotspots. If you have ever worked with WifiManager you should know how painful it is to make a simple wifi network scan or even worse to connect to a hotspot programmatically. So that's what my new library is all about. To make it easier for me and hopefully for other developers as well to do those kind of tasks from Java code. So lets jump right in some code examples.

NOTE: All of the examples presented here, use Retrolambda plugin to make the whole code more compact. You are not required to use it if you don't want to.

Enabling/Disabling WiFi

turn on device's wifi using the following:

 WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext()).enableWifi(this::checkResult);

Where checkResult could be a custom-defined method of your own that would deal accordingly in each situation. For Example:

  private void checkResult(boolean isSuccess)
    {
        if (isSuccess)
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "WIFI ENABLED", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
        else
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "COULDN'T ENABLE WIFI", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
    }

If you don't want to deal with call backs you can just pass null to enableWifi method like so.

 WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext()).enableWifi(null);

Similarly you can turn off the wifi using this:

WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext()).disableWifi();

Connecting to WiFi Networks

Now lets get to the interesting stuff. You can connect to any WiFi network programmatically knowing only SSID and WPA/WPA2 key:

   WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext())
                        .connectWith("MitsarasWiFi", "MitsarasPassword123")
                        .onConnectionResult(this::checkResult)
                        .start();

Again checkResult could be something like:

  private void checkResult(boolean isSuccess)
    {
        if (isSuccess)
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "CONNECTED YAY", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
        else
            Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "COULDN'T CONNECT", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
    }

There are also a few other options that would allow you to do the same job: For example you can connect using SSID, BSSID and WPA/WPA2 Key:

 WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext())
                      .connectWith("MitsarasWiFi", "AB:CD:EF:12:34:56", "MitsarasPassword123")
                      .onConnectionResult(this::checkResult)
                      .start();

Lastly WifiUtils can also connect using a specified scanResult after a WiFi Scan is complete, for example:

WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext())
                     .connectWithScanResult("MitsarasPasword123", scanResults -> scanResults.get(0))
                     .onConnectionResult(this::checkResult)
                     .start();

The above example will perform a WiFi Scan and connectWithScanResult will return a List<ScanResult> scanResults with all the available WiFi networks around. The method then expects you to Return a single scanResult out of the list of results of your choice so that it can try to connect to it. The rest is pretty much the same.

Canceling an ongoing connection

You have two options to cancel a connection in progress.

  • If Connection takes too long to complete and just hangs in there without calling back onConnectionResult You can specify a TimeOut in milliseconds.
WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext())
                     .connectWith("MitsarasWiFi", "MitsarasPassword123")
                     .setTimeout(15000)
                     .onConnectionResult(this::checkResult)
                     .start();

The Connection will fail in 15 seconds. The default timeOut is 30 seconds.

  • You can also cancel an ongoing connection immediately using the following:
 WifiConnectorBuilder.WifiUtilsBuilder builder = WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext());
 builder.connectWith("MitsarasWiFi", "MitsarasPassword123")
 .onConnectionResult(this::checkResult)
 .start();
 builder.cancelAutoConnect();

Connecting with WPS keys.

On Androids 5.0 and greater there is also an option to connect using WPS keys. This library makes it easier and safer to connect using WPS than the stock android API.

WifiUtils.withContext(getApplicationContext())
                     .connectWithWps("d8:74:95:e6:f5:f8", "51362485")
                     .onConnectionWpsResult(this::checkResult)
                     .start();

Enable Logging

If you want to receive some extra logging info comming from WiFi Utils you can enable its logging capabilities with WifiUtils.enableLog(true);

Permissions

Damn You are required to set a few permissions in order for this lib to work correctly :(

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CHANGE_WIFI_STATE"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/> <!-- for Android 6 and above -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/> <!-- for Android 6 and above -->

Add it to your project

Download

Add the following to your app module build.gradle file

    dependencies {
       compile 'com.thanosfisherman.wifiutils:wifiutils:<latest version here>'
    }

Apps using this library

My app of course GWPA Finder Duh :P


Contributing?

There are a few more things to cover in this tutorial. Hopefully I will improve upon this in the future.

Feel free to add/correct/fix something to this library, I will be glad to improve it with your help.

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