WiFi Alliance announced the start of certification of WiFi Direct devices (previously known as WiFi Peer-to-Peer). For the Christmas sales season, the first devices with a direct WiFi connection will probably be on sale.
The standard provides for P2P data transfer directly between devices without routers or hot spots. Networking supports both two devices and several. It is assumed that support for direct data transfer will be built into computers, printers, televisions, mobile phones, digital cameras, keyboards, etc. Connecting devices is very simple, and the standard itself is open, so according to experts, WiFi Direct can supplant Bluetooth in many situations. The speed of P2P connections corresponds to the usual WiFi protocol. It is not yet clear whether it will be possible to upgrade existing WiFi devices programmatically so that they begin to support direct transmission.
The first certificate of conformity, presumably, will receive the following devices.
Atheros XSPAN Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card (AR928x)
Broadcom BCM43224 Dual-Band 802.11n 2x2 MIMO PCIe Half Mini Card
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200
Ralink MIMObility 802.11n 2x2 PCIe Half Mini Card
Realtek RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card
In addition to them, the Cisco 2106 Wireless Network Controller and the Cisco Aironet 1240 Series Access Point are being tested.