wifinetnews.com | October 13, 2009 | Wi-Fi Alliance Peers into the Future with Ad Hoc Replacement
Strong peer-to-peer mode added to Wi-Fi portfolio:
The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer wireless networking method that takes the group into a new realm of creating specifications de novo, instead of following IEEE groups. The spec will appear in hardware by mid-2010.
Wi-Fi Direct will allow any device to advertise itself as a combination of software access point and peer. Newer hardware--which will include some existing equipment with firmware upgrades--will be able to maintain a wireless LAN connection to a so-called infrastructure network (via an access point), while also creating a peer-to-peer link to a device like a printer, mouse or keyboard, computer, or handheld. This could be used for file transfers, printing, input, and synchronization, among other purposes. (....) /
The new networking standard (coming soon) that will make traveling easier
by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld.com