Routers are the middle-men of our wireless networks; without them, our Wi-Fi gadgets (laptops, hard drives, cameras, printers, whathaveyou) can't talk to each other. But routers, like most intermediaries, don't make anything easier -- not at all. A new Wi-Fi standard is on the horizon that will let our devices talk to each other directly. Ain't that sweet?
The new specification, which the Wi-Fi Alliance hopes will start showing up in devices in mid 2010, is called Wi-Fi Direct. But that's not all, a new Wi-Fi Direct device will be backwards compatible with any previously released Wi-Fi Certified gadget you have.
We've been salivating over technologies that allow for instant transfers for a year now. At this year's CES, Sony demonstrated a new technology called TransferJet, which let data "jump" from one device to another when the two were placed within a few inches of each other. Wi-Fi Direct is the same idea, but on a broader scale; in addition to data sharing for media files like video and photos (TransferJet's forté), Direct can work with all kinds of data and software apps.
Wi-Fi Direct will work with WPA security, to keep things safe and private. Devices will be visible to each other within the range we're used to with any hotspot connection and will transfer at the same speeds, as well.
If its no faster what's the benefit? Also ad-hock has been around since the beginning, I think it was created like the second day on the week god was making wifi.
most people don't know how to set it up or they can't be bothered by it. people want plug and play, automagic, set it and forget it.
Bahahahaha, the second day of the week. Good one.
I completely agree. I'm a mac user- when I need to share a file with a fellow mac I do it through my home network, but I always use a flash drive to avoid dealing with the windows networking (I've tried to set it up several times). Hopefully this standard will make things easier when transferring cross-platform.
Adhoc is nothing new. This is just another standard like bluetooth, zigbee, and now this. What are the benefits of this over other standards?
I have yet to figure out how to set up an ad hoc for several pcs and macs... This sounds hella easy.
And considering how fast they knocked out 802.11n we should see this one ready by... 2030?