Everyone’s saying that the cloud is the wave of the future, but in the present, we’ve still got a ton of movies, music and TV shows sitting pretty on our hard drives, just waiting to be streamed to gadgets and televisions around the house. Playing content from one device on another device is only going to get easier going forward with today’s announcement that the Digital Living Network Alliance has added Wi-Fi Direct interoperability into its DLNA standards. What’s that mean exactly? We’re glad you asked.
The Wi-Fi Alliance announced Monday that it has begun certifying products for compliance with the Wi-Fi Direct standard, aimed at enabling router-free instant networking among Wi-Fi enabled devices (a la Bluetooth). Technically, Wi-Fi Direct does not dispense with access points, but merely relies on a software-based alternative, called Soft AP, allowing any Direct-enabled device to act as an access point.
A Wi-Fi Direct connection is not only way more uncomplicated than traditional peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connections (ad hoc), but it is also much more secure. It is being tipped by many to be Bluetooth’s replacement -- and not without good reason. Bluetooth simply can’t match Wi-Fi Direct in terms of range and speed.