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New standard focuses on wireless and wired connectivity integration with current and future home networking standards and equipment

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 27 June 2013 - IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced the publication of IEEE 1905.1™-2013 "Standard for a Convergent Digital Home Network for Heterogeneous Technologies." The standard is intended to provide a common interface to augment and unify widely deployed home networking technologies, including IEEE 1901™-2010 "Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications," IEEE 802.11™1 for wireless local area networks, Ethernet over twisted-pair cable and MoCA® 1.1 for home entertainment networking over coaxial cable.

By design, IEEE 1905.1 creates an interoperable ecosystem within the home and transcends service providers and manufacturers. For the benefit of consumers, the standard helps eliminate the limitations of many connected devices and allow technologies to communicate-from the myriad devices that encompass the Internet of Things to a simple home theater.

"The main motivation behind IEEE 1905.1-2013 is to address a ubiquitous-coverage requirement by the service providers," said Purva Rajkotia, chair of the IEEE 1905.1 Convergent Digital Home Network Working Group. "By unifying established home networking technologies, today's hybrid home networking systems and future home networking innovations and standards, what we are trying to achieve is to provide coverage at all places within the home."

IEEE 1905.1 is the only industry standard that integrates wired technologies with wireless connectivity. As an abstraction layer (establishing secure connections, extending network coverage and facilitating advanced network management features), the standard is designed to work from wireless connectivity technologies like IEEE 802.11 to the performance of wires within the home-providing a seamless user experience. There's no loss of investment to service providers and consumers in switching technologies because IEEE 1905.1 is interoperable with already-deployed home network devices.

"Home networks are becoming more and more present and more and more dispersed through the home," said Scott Willy, vice chair of the IEEE 1905.1 Convergent Digital Home Network Working Group. "Today, many people just have 'Wi-Fi®'2 with a router, and they drag an Ethernet cable to connect it to the router. In other places, particularly in Europe, HomePlug technology is used for connecting the router to the set-top box for TV. In the United States, they're using MoCA for TV connectivity. The IEEE 1905.1 layer helps reduce and hide the home networking complexity from the consumer, but it also helps the operators manage that complexity across all the different networks as they become more pervasive throughout the home."

For more information, visit the entity-based IEEE 1905.1 Convergent Digital Home Network Working Group Web page.

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1 IEEE 802.11™-2012 "Standard for Information technology--Telecommunications and information exchange between systems Local and metropolitan area networks--Specific requirements Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications"

2 IEEE 802.11-based products are often branded as "Wi-Fi" in the market.