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Wi-Fi Direct Lets Wi-Fi Devices Connect

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Oct 25, 2010, 7:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the first set of devices that have been certified with the Wi-Fi Direct technology. Wi-Fi Direct will let devices such as mobile phones, cameras, printers, laptops, keyboards and headphones to connect with one another directly — without the need for a nearby Wi-Fi hotspot. The spec will allow for one-to-one connections, as well as mesh-style group connections. According to the Wi-Fi Alliance, the specification will include WPA2 security features for businesses, though the spec will be targeted at both consumer and business devices. Any device labeled with the "Wi-Fi Certified Wi-Fi Direct" icon will be compatible. The specification will be limited to the current capabilities of Wi-Fi with respect to distance (100 meters) and data transfer speeds. Existing devices should be able to upgrade to Wi-Fi Direct with a software update. These first devices are integrated chips meant for laptops. The Wi-Fi alliance hasn't said if or when cell phones will be approved for Wi-Fi Direct. Wi-Fi Direct competes with Bluetooth 3.0+HS. Wi-Fi Direct was first announced in October 2009.

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Oct 25, 2010, 12:07 PM

The death of iDEN

Once this stuff is up and working, there will be no need for Direct Connect and Sprint can move over to running PTT on 4G. This should be interesting.
How exactly will this mean the death of iDEN/direct connect? Were talking about one on one communications via WiFi. Said communications will still need to be within 100 meters of each other to work. Direct Connect through iDEN is nationwide.

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