WiFi Direct allows devices to communicate directly with each other using methods similar to traditional WiFi, except for the use of a central access point. Instead, the devices use a âSoftware Access Pointâ (Soft AP). Each device will have a radio transceiver, usually on a chip, which uses software to create an access point within the device itself. When two devices get within close range of each other the users can merely push a button. The devices will communicate directly with one another and negotiate which device will act as the access point rather than using a central access point. WiFi Direct will be built directly into consumer electronics and automatically scan the vicinity for existing hot spots and other similarly equipped devices, including phones, computers, TVs, and gaming consoles. Owners of most existing WiFi-enabled devices will be able to upgrade to WiFi Direct with a simple software download. While this creates opportunities for chip makers and device makers, it may erode sales of other WiFi compatible equipment.