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What is "WiFi Direct"?

Wikipedia explains it as follows:

Wi-Fi Direct, previously known as Wi-Fi P2P, is a standard that allows Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other without the need for a wireless access point. This allows Wi-Fi Direct devices to directly transfer data between each other with greatly reduced setup. Wi-Fi Direct works by embedding a limited wireless access point into the devices, and using Wi-Fi Protected Setup system to negotiate a link. Setup generally consists of bringing two Wi-Fi Direct devices together and then triggering a "pairing" between them, using a button on one of the devices, or systems such as NFC.

Android supports WiFi Direct as of version 4 (ICS). An exception is Samsungs Galaxy S2, which already had this support added by its manufacturer in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Related tags

  • : WiFi Direct is a kind of ad-hoc network, as it does not require an intermediary such as e.g. an access point
  • : NFC can be used for pairing WiFi Direct devices
  • : the more generic tag

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