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HomePlug supports hybrid home network spec

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IEEE? Ethernet? home networks? coaxial cable?

Powerline network solutions industry group HomePlug Powerline Alliance has thrown its support behind the IEEE P1905 working group's attempts to create the first standard for hybrid home networks. Making up the proposed P1905 network are combinations of stationary home networking devices such as STBs, home gateways, Blu-Ray players and TVs, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones.

The IEEE P1905 standard provides an abstraction layer to established powerline, wireless, coaxial cable and Ethernet home networking technologiesIEEE P1901/ HomePlug AV, WiFi, MoCA and Ethernet. The standard enables consumers and service providers to combine the capabilities of otherwise disparate networks to maximize a home network's overall performance and reliability.

IEEE P1905's abstraction layer common interface allows applications and upper layer protocols to be agnostic to the underlying home networking technologies. Packets can arrive and be transmitted over any technology according to QoS priorities. IEEE P1905 also simplifies network setup by providing common setup procedures for adding devices, establishing secure links, implementing QoS and managing the network.

"The hybrid home network is clearly the network of the futureoffering the best networking technology to meet the consumer's needsso IEEE establishing this standard is significant," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

"HomePlug is pleased that the P1905 working group has recognized HomePlug's undisputed leadership in powerline communications solutions by selecting IEEE 1901 as the underlying powerline communications cornerstone of IEEE P1905. Consumers will immediately benefit from enhanced reliability, ease of use and flexibility. For service providers, this translates into the promise of reduced installation and support costs. Encompassing the capabilities of the most commonly installed home networking technologies, this standard promises to deliver the maximum level of interoperability."

Several HomePlug member companies are making significant contributions to the development of IEEE P1905, including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, France Telecom, Qualcomm Atheros, Ralink, Sigma Designs, SPiDCOM Technologies and STMicroelectronics. The group made substantial progress in April 2011 by approving the technical requirements, architecture and definitions upon which the standard will be based.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times

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