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Wi-Fi Alliance announces Wi-Fi Direct

17th November 2010

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new certification called Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct, as the name suggests, will allow certified Wi-Fi devices to connect directly without the need for a router. The certification supports dual-band, WPA2 security and runs on the same hardware as standard 802.11 wireless.

              Wi-Fi Alliance logo

So, will it replace your router? No. Wi-Fi Direct offers less than your standard Access Point (Router). Router's provide Ethernet ports, firewalls, network management features, etc that Wi-Fi Direct does not. Wi-Fi Direct is more of a challenge to bluetooth than existing wireless standards, and if it can manage a simple, secure and reliable set-up (areas where Bluetooth has historically been poor) then it stands a good chance of starting to establish itself in this space.

The Wi-Fi Alliance see the standard being used with mobile phones, cameras, printers, PCs, and gaming devices and they provide some examples in a slightly odd cartoon you can see here.

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