wifidirect Wi Fi Direct to play nice with DLNA

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced new interoperability guidelines for Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA which should make it easier to connect DLNA enabled Wi-Fi devices for media streaming. Currently Wi-Fi Direct can be somewhat convoluted to use depending on your devices, but hopefully this will help simplify things when it comes to media streaming.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced new interoperability guidelines for Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA which should make it easier to connect DLNA enabled Wi-Fi devices for media streaming. Currently Wi-Fi Direct can be somewhat convoluted to use depending on your devices, but hopefully this will help simplify things when it comes to media streaming.

Wi-Fi Direct has as yet to take off as a standard, but we're starting to see more and more devices that support it. The neat thing with Wi-Fi direct is that two Wi-Fi devices can communicate directly with each other without the need of an access point or a router. With some DLNA support thrown into the mix it should become simpler to stream media directly from your smartphone or notebook onto any DLNA enabled set top box, media player Hi-Fi or TV with built-in Wi-Fi.

In theory it should also mean better quality video, at least in larger places where the distance between the router and the DLNA devices may sometimes be quite long and as such you end up with reduced bandwidth speeds. Wi-Fi Direct would circumvent this problem and as only one device needs to support Wi-Fi Direct, this seems like a pretty good alternative to cables and other more complex wireless video streaming options. That said, Wi-Fi isn't exactly built for streaming Blu-ray quality video, even though it is possible up to a certain bandwidth and by not sharing the wireless connection with other devices, this might very well be the way forward, at least if cost is a concern.

As to which devices will support DLNA over Wi-Fi Direct, well, we'll just have to wait and see, but as we mentioned, any current Wi-Fi and DLNA enabled playback device should be able to connect with a suitable Wi-Fi Direct host. For laptops we'd suggest you check for a driver update, as your notebook might already support Wi-Fi Direct. For smartphones the Motorola Droid 3 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active are apparently supporting both standards and we'd expect other Xperia models to do the same, but we'd suggest you check with your device maker to see if it'll work.

Source: The Wi-Fi Alliance