The new certification program will provide networks and users with the following benefits:
- Increased performance: TDLS links optimize the performance of applications running over Wi-Fi networks by avoiding delays caused by queuing and congestion through an AP
- Ease of use: TDLS links are formed automatically, with no user action required to set them up
- Optimized communication: TDLS-linked devices are able to communicate using the highest-performance technology common to them, even if the network's AP only supports a lower-bandwidth form of Wi-Fi
- Highest available security: TDLS links are protected by the highest level of security supported by both devices, even if the network?s AP does not support that level of security
- Power saving mechanisms: When battery-operated devices participate in a TDLS link, they can take advantage of advanced mechanisms to save power
The certification is only for client devices, such as tablets, handsets, notebooks, and consumer electronics. TDLS-certified devices can operate over Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology, as well as previous versions of Wi-Fi. It is not necessary to upgrade to a new AP in order to benefit from TDLS features.
Although TDLS forms a direct link between two client devices, TDLS is not the same as, nor does it replace, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct. TDLS operates in the background of a Wi-Fi network to optimize performance, while Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can quickly connect to one another while on the go, even when a Wi-Fi network is unavailable. Many devices will be certified for both solutions and use them in different situations.
The first products to be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED TDLS, and which form the test suite for the certification program, are:
- Broadcom Dual-Band 11n Half MiniPCI
- Marvell Avastar 88W8787 Wireless Chipset
- Ralink 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual Band Station
- Realtek 2X2 a/b/g/n miniCard Reference Design