Wi-Fi Alliance readies Miracast certification for audio-video connections

Wi-Fi is set to get a boost as a peer-to-peer connectivity technology for audio and video content with the arrival of the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Miracast certification program.

The Wi-Fi Alliance said late last week that it was in the process of finalizing its certification program for Wi-Fi devices to support display applications. The devices that pass certification will bear the mark "Wi-Fi Certified Miracast." The organization had been working on Wi-Fi Display project which leveraged Wi-Fi Direct technology for peer-to-peer applications.

The Wi-Fi Alliance announcement comes as Wi-Fi already has been getting positioned by some companies as a short-range peer-to-peer connectivity solution that does not necessarily require the presence of Wi-Fi blanket network coverage. Qualcomm Atheros announced several months ago that it was coming out with a Wi-Fi Display connectivity solution. Wi-Fi also increasingly is being position to tackle other digital home applications, such as home energy management and automation.

Miracast-certified products would allow audio and video content to be delivered over a Wi-Fi connection from one device to another. For example, it could be used to send a downloaded movie from a smartphone to a TV, or allow sharing between multiple laptop screens. Support for these kinds of applications would set up Miracast-certified devices to compete with Apple devices supporting AirPlay.

For more:
- here's the Wi-Fi Alliance press release

Related articles
The Wi-Fi Alliance started certifying Wi-Fi Direct products in 2010
The Wi-Fi Alliance also has been angling into home automation


Suggested Articles

Qualcomm Technologies showcased its Wi-Fi 6 technology know-how with an over-the-air demonstration of Wi-Fi 6E operation using the 6 GHz band.

Nokia is gearing up to offer end-to-end network slicing capabilities for 4G LTE and 5G New Radio (NR) this summer.

MWC may be on an enforced hiatus this year but there's no shortage of device announcements that still need to go ahead as 5G momentum gathers pace.