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Micro Digital Announces Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and SoftAP for smxWiFi™

Note: This announcement was rewritten to remove references to certification trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance. More...

Costa Mesa, California, June 12, 2013 — Micro Digital is pleased to announce Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and SoftAP for smxWiFi™. These allow easy, direct connection among Wi-Fi® devices, anywhere. There is no need for an Access Point. Through negotiation, one device becomes the Group Owner and the other the client. Connection is designed to be quick and easy, often with just the push of a button. P2P and SoftAP do not require addition of new hardware, allowing existing smxWiFi users to add them to their products with just a software update. Similarly, for new projects, users can rest assured that these capabilities are available if they should be needed in the future.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is a protocol designed to replace the legacy ad-hoc (IBSS) protocol for interconnecting Wi-Fi devices. Improvements over ad-hoc include easier connection and the latest security, based on the 802.11i standard. P2P was designed to satisfy the growing need for dynamic connections among groups of electronics. It allows OEMs to create products that can interoperate with each other and with common consumer devices, such as smart phones, tablets, cameras, and printers. As with any Wi-Fi device, the range is up to 200 meters, making connection convenient even when devices are not in immediate proximity to one another.

SoftAP gives a device limited Access Point capabilities. When combined with P2P, it allows the device to be the Group Owner. Without it, a device can participate only as a client.

“With the addition of P2P and SoftAP, it is possible for embedded devices to connect with consumer devices via temporary wireless networks for control and to transfer data and multi-media,” said Yingbo Hu, lead developer of P2P and SoftAP for smxWiFi. “These make it possible for our customers to implement new and exciting features in their products,” he added.

For more information about P2P and SoftAP, please see

Learn how protocols supported by smxWiFi correspond to the certification programs of Wi-Fi Alliance, such as Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup™, Wi-Fi Protected Access®, WPA™, and WPA2™.

Availability and Licensing

P2P and SoftAP for smxWiFi are available immediately. Standard license fee is $7000 for P2P and $5000 for SoftAP, plus the smxWiFi, smxUSBH, and smxNS license fees. It includes full source code, 90 days of technical support, and no per-seat charges. All of Micro Digital’s software is royalty free and is sold with a 30‑day money-back guarantee.

About smxWiFi

smxWiFi is a mature Wi-Fi 802.11 MAC stack that allows adding Wi-Fi connectivity to embedded devices. In addition to the core stack, it offers Personal and Enterprise 802.11i security and optional features, such as Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer (P2P), Wi-Fi Simple Configuration, and SoftAP. Drivers for all Ralink USB chipsets are available. It is fully integrated with smx, smxNS, and smxUSBH. For more information, see the smxWiFi datasheet at

About Micro Digital

Micro Digital, Inc. has been in the embedded systems business for 37 years and has been producing and selling embedded software products for over 20 years. Micro Digital is dedicated to providing quality products and support for embedded systems at moderate prices. We may be contacted at (714) 437-7333 or

smxWiFi is a trademark and SMX is a registered trademark of Micro Digital, Inc. Other trademarks used above are the properties of their respective owners.

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