Wi-Fi Alliance certifies WiFi Direct products

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced it is now certifying products capable of making device-to-device connections, calling those products WiFi certified WiFi Direct.

"We designed WiFi Direct to unleash a wide variety of applications which require device connections, but do not need the internet or even a traditional network," Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance, said in a release.  "W-Fi Direct empowers users to connect devices--when, where and how they want to, and our certification program delivers products that work well together, regardless of the brand."

WiFi Direct-certified devices can connect with older WiFi certified devices. WiFi Direct devices will include a push-button set-up mechanism and the latest WPA2 security protections. The idea is take advantage of portable content such as photos, videos and music and directly connecting devices for applications such as content sharing, synching, printing and gaming.  

The first products to be designated WiFi certified WiFi Direct, and which form the test suite for the certification program are:

  • Atheros XSPAN® Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card (AR928x)
  • Broadcom BCM43224 Dual-Band 802.11n 2x2 MIMO PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
  • Ralink MIMObility 802.11n 2x2 PCIe Half Mini Card
  • Realtek RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card 

 In addition, the Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Controller and Cisco Aironet 1240 Series Access Points are used in the certification test suite.

For more:
- see this release

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