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New wireless specification targets Bluetooth

Wireless devices will soon be able to connect in a new way that makes it more simple and convenient than ever ...


October 14, 2009  


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Wireless devices will soon be able to connect in a new way that makes it more simple and convenient than ever to do things like print, share and display, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance.

 

The organization is nearing completion of a new specification to enable Wi-Fi devices to connect to one another without joining a traditional home, office, or hotspot network.

 

The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to begin certification for this new specification in mid-2010, and products which achieve the certification will be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct.

 

The specification, previously code-named “Wi-Fi peer-to-peer,” can be implemented in any Wi-Fi device, from mobile phones, cameras, printers, and notebook computers, to human interface devices such as keyboards and headphones.

 

Devices that have been certified to the new specification will also be able to create connections with hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED legacy devices already in use. Devices will be able to make a one-to-one connection, or a group of several devices can connect simultaneously.