Wi-Fi Direct Compatibility Now Part Of The DLNA Streaming Guidelines

Brad Chacos

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.

Wi-Fi Direct, basically, allows two Wi-Fi-enabled devices to communicate directly with one another – no local WLAN or Wi-Fi network needed – as long as just one of those two devices is Wi-Fi Direct certified. So, if you’re house-sitting your buddy’s home and he inconveniently forgot to share his Wi-Fi password with you, you’ll still be able to stream your video collection directly from your laptop to his wireless TV – assuming, of course, that both devices are compatible with the latest DLNA standards and at least one of them is Wi-Fi Direct certified.

Wi-Fi Direct is a fairly new technology, so it can be kind of hard to find a certified device, but the press release trumpeting the new deal says that adoption is slated to grow by leaps and bounds over the next five years.  If you want the technology NOW, though, you can check out the Wi-Fi Alliance’s list of Wi-Fi Direct certified products .

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