Wi-Fi Direct: device-to-device connections soon

Soon device-to-device wireless connections without need of router or other special hardware will be available, cause the Wi-Fi Alliance announced that it has begun certifying Wi-Fi Direct products.

With Wi-Fi Direct certified devices, you will be able to connect one device with another directly, similar like Bluetooth connection, making it simple and convenient to do things like print, share, synch and display. Devices can make a one-to-one connection, or a group of several devices can connect simultaneously, the connections are WPA2 protected and with extended range, than than Bluetooth standard. Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can also connect with older Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, which means that you could send a file and to your laptop, smarthpone, printer or photo frame.

“Wi-Fi Direct is a game-changing advance for Wi-Fi technology,” said Victoria Fodale, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. “As people continue to increase the number of devices and the amount of content they carry, Wi-Fi Direct extends an already-compelling technology into an even more useful, convenient solution for all the things people want to do with their devices.”

The first products to be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct are:

  • Atheros XSPAN Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card (AR928x)
  • Broadcom BCM43224 Dual-Band 802.11n 2×2 MIMO PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200
  • Ralink MIMObility 802.11n 2×2 PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Realtek RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card

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