This might help others trying to connect XF and Wi-fi. Updated XF to latest beta, turned off Bluetooth module (new option?). Changed port from 8888 to 14552 (default mission planner UDP). Click connect. I had previously setup settings to my Wi-fi hub. Now it just connects. Haven’t tested AP mode yet but will have a go at that later today.
I would say it’s about as fast to connect as the Bluetooth module was.