cvkone1 wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:47 am
I understand the article
I'm not sure you do. Otherwise you would not need to ask -
can we use that network to view and transfer files stored on the Pi's SD Card (like Wi-Fi Direct). I will be using a Raspberry Pi Zero W for this project. I don't mind the slow speeds I just want to store my articles and access them from my phone or a PC without the need of an additional Wi-Fi connection to make it portable.
The answer is Yes.
At the conclusion of the first stage of the setup the Raspberry Pi Foundation author says explicitly:
By this point, the Raspberry Pi is acting as an access point, and other devices can associate with it. Associated devices can access the Raspberry Pi access point via its IP address for operations such as rsync, scp, or ssh.
Those protocols are those that you will need for filesharing.
The only cost for trying it is a few minutes of your time. Based on that you will know from your own experience whether it is possible or not.