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WiFi Alliance debuts WiFi Direct certification

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Tue Oct 26 2010, 12:51

THE WIFI ALLIANCE has unveiled WiFi Direct certification for peer-to-peer connections that don't rely on networks to hook up.

The Alliance designed and developed the peer-to-peer wireless technology because it was looking for a way for users to connect at high speed without the rigmarole of going through a router. The speeds and feature set of WiFi Direct have already established the technology as a big threat to Bluetooth. With no faffing about with networks or routers for the great unwashed, WiFi Direct could become the option of choice for synching content.

After building the technology, the WiFi Alliance then started the laborious process of certifying products capable of making device-to-device connections.

"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," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the WiFi Alliance.

"WiFi 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 uses WPA2 security protection, which isn't fool-proof but is the still the best option for connecting to unknown devices. It is also backwards compatible with all WiFi variants so a WiFi Direct certified device should work with most anything.

Punters should be pleased because synching home content should become much easier than before. However, with wireless accessibility factoring high in the Alliance's requirements, we can't help but wonder about potential security issues facing users making unknown connections. µ


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