I always wondered why can’t we have P2P connection through Wi-Fi as I really wanted to connect my laptop with my phone or with my brother’s phone. Though Bluetooth has been around for years now, its range is limiting especially if you’re working in your garage and want to access something on your laptop from your phone. Finally, Wi-Fi Alliance listened to the demand of my heart and has introduced Wi-Fi Direct and have started certifying several new laptop components. As many of you might be wondering its possible uses, I believe the possibilities are endless.
What is Wi-Fi Direct?
Wi-Fi Direct is a new technology designed to allow peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connections between devices like smartphones and cameras without a traditional Wi-Fi network or the need for Wi-Fi access points.
How Does Wi-Fi Direct Work?
“Wi-Fi Direct device connections can happen anywhere, anytime – even when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network. Your Wi-Fi Direct device will signal to other devices in the area that it can make a connection. You can view available devices and ask them to connect, or you might receive an invitation to connect to another Wi-Fi Direct device. When two or more Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices connect directly, they have formed a Wi-Fi Direct Group, using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ and the latest Wi-Fi security.”
Though, the Wi-Fi Direct works on the same 802.11 b/g/n standards, the technology will work only with certified devices. I wonder if the manufacturers could figure out a way to implement it on all the existing devices too.
Check out the video demo below.