Roughly 17 percent of the world connects with Wi-Fi and more than 1 billion Wi-Fi devices were shipped last year. It should come as no surprise that demand for innovation in Wi-Fi-enabed devices continues to surge.
Factor in the explosion of content transmitted over Wi-Fi networks (including multimedia streaming, file transfer and data back-up) and the need to increase efficiency and capacity becomes crucial.
As the first of few products selected to be in the interoperability test bed, Broadcom’s TDLS solutions (Tunneled Direct Link Setup) have been given the inaugural seal of approval by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
TDLS establishes a direct connection between devices within a traditional Wi-Fi network rather than transmitting via access point, or AP (see image below).
- Enables direct device-to-device transmission. By directly connecting devices instead of going through the AP, networks are more efficient and able to absorb more activity.
- Enables linked devices to perform at the highest level of shared Wi-Fi capabilities. Users can download or stream multimedia content at the highest speed (like 5G WiFi) between smartphones and consumer electronics, such as set-top box or digital TV.
- Allows connected devices to switch to alternate channels. It frees up capacity on the original channel to help users enjoy better performance and less lag time when streaming and downloading multimedia content to their devices.
Earning the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ TDLS designation means Broadcom’s solutions have passed a series of rigorous tests and processes, and have been deemed interoperable with existing Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ products like smartphones, laptops, set-top boxes and more.
Additionally, all TDLS-linked devices employ WPA2 encryption even if the network is using a lower encryption, ensuring the highest level of security. Wi-Fi certification for TDLS is a critical validation for users seeking to optimize network efficiency and performance.
The announcement comes on the heels of Broadcom obtaining Wi-Fi certification for its latest wireless internet connectivity for embedded devices (WICED) platform. Since the launch of 802.11g, Broadcom products are in nearly all Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ client- and access-point test suites with the Wi-Fi Alliance. More than 14,000 products have been named Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ since the program launched in 2000.