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Wi-Fi Direct Solutions and Applications

January 2013

Pages: 37

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Keywords: WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi Alternative to Infrastructure Mode, WiFi Peer to Peer, WiFi Direct Applications, WiFi Direct Solutions, WiFi Direct Private Applications, WiFi Direct Public Applications


WiFi Direct allows devices to communicate directly with each other using methods similar to traditional WiFi without the reliance upon a central access point. Instead, the devices use a "Software Access Point" (Soft AP). When two devices get within close range of each other the users can merely push a button which will allow the devices to communicate directly with one another and negotiate which device will act as the access point rather than using a central access point.

This research evaluates several WiFi Direct use cases for various application types. The most often envisioned application type, person-to-person, represents end-users sharing data/content such as transferring photographs from one user to the other. However, there are other key application types analyzed in this report.

In the person-to-device application type, the user will communicate with another WiFi Direct capable device for communications such as printing a file on their smartphone to the target device. In the reverse direction the device, a Blu-Ray player, will communicate with the user by 'pushing' the video to the user's tablet device.

Our research also examines public (as opposed to privately controlled) use cases and application types. In a public application scenario, for example, the end-user will communicate with a public movie kiosk to download a movie to their smartphone. Conversely, the public device may 'push' data to smartphones in the vicinity.

See Table of Contents for complete list of areas covered.

Companies in Report

Broadcom Corporation, Fujitsu Ltd, Hewlett-Packard Company, HTC Corporation, Intel Corporation, JVC Kenwood Holdings, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobiity, Qualcomm Atheros, Samsung Electronics


  • WiFi service providers
  • Cellular network operators
  • WiFi infrastructure providers
  • Wireless application developers
  • Computing and wireless device companies

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Technology Overview
  • Wi-Fi Direct Application Types
  • Person to Person Peer-to-Peer
  • Person to Machine Private
  • Machine to Person Private
  • Person to Machine Public
  • Wi-Fi Direct Use Case Analysis
  • File Sharing Between Friends
  • User Connecting to a Personal Device
  • Personal Device Pushing Information to User
  • Requesting Information from a Public Kiosk
  • Public Machine Communicating with Private User
  • Wi-Fi Direct Ecosystem and Value Chain
  • Key Players in Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wireless Semiconductor Manufacturers
  • Broadcom Corporation
  • Qualcomm Atheros
  • Intel Corporation
  • Wireless Peripherals Manufacturers
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Consumer Electronics Manufacturers
  • JVC Kenwood Holdings
  • LG Electronics
  • Smartphone Manufacturers
  • Fujitsu Ltd
  • HTC Corporation
  • Motorola Mobility LLC
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
  • Summary