Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ IBSS with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (2012)

Consumer devices most often connect wirelessly to one another by first accessing a Wi-Fi® network, through one of millions of public or private hotspots.  But there are instances when these devices do not have access to a Wi-Fi network, and a direct connection between the two allows them to complete desired tasks. Wi-Fi offers various methods to make direct connections, most commonly using Wi-Fi Direct™, allowing devices to form groups and operate similarly to how they would while connected to a typical Wi-Fi network.

Some consumer devices also support Ad-hoc networking, also known as the Independent Basic Service Set (IBSS) mode of operation, creating short-term connections for the completion of simple tasks. The IBSS direct communication between devices allows the simple sharing of images or status information for new social applications.

The Wi-Fi Alliance® has developed a new certification program for Ad-hoc networking operation called  Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ IBSS with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™.  The combination of Wi-Fi Protected Setup with IBSS connections makes it easier to enable and protect Ad-hoc connections to complete basic tasks on devices with limited user interface, while protected by WPA2™ security mechanisms.

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