Tech giants announce new wi-fi standard

With the new Wi-Fi Direct services, users can carry the internet wherever they go.

With the new Wi-Fi Direct services, users can carry the internet wherever they go.  

A coalition of technology industry giants announced a new wi-fi standard Monday that will allow individual devices to easily connect to each other, even if there is no conventional wi—fi hub in range.

Backed by companies such as Intel, Cisco and Apple, the Wi-Fi Direct technology is expected to be widely adopted within a few years in a wide range of devices including cameras, laptops, printers, smartphones, tablets and even home appliances.

The new standard will be backward compatible with current wi-fi enabled devices. It has greater range and connectivity than current Bluetooth technology, which could be superseded by the new equipment.

“Connecting Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices is easy and simple, in many cases only requiring the push of a button,” according to the Wi-Fi Alliance website. “Moreover, all Wi-Fi Direct connections are protected by WPA2TM, the latest wi-fi security technology. With Wi-Fi Direct, you do not need an access point or internet connection - your personal wi-fi network goes with you wherever you go.”

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