Wi-Fi Aware Will Make Routers Easier To Find

The latest certified Wi-Fi service should make hooking up to public Wi-Fi hotspots considerably simpler, with an always-on, always-seeking mode for new Internet connections.

Wi-Fi aware will work by establishing a low-power "heartbeat" around clusters of compatible Wi-Fi Aware devices, meaning that if you've got a compatible device, it'll independently discover relevant and available Wi-Fi services without requiring a specific input from you to search for local networks.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has already certified four chipsets for Wi-Fi Aware capability — Broadcom's BCM4358, Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260, Marvell's Avastar 88W8897 802.11ac low power Wi-Fi combo chip and Realtek's RTL8812AE 2x2 a/b/g/n/ac MiniCard — although time will tell whether we see firmware upgrades for existing products, or if it's sold as a capability purely for new devices.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Aware personalizes the mobile experience everywhere users go [Wi-Fi Alliance via Slashgear]


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