Here's more news to inspire the next round of mud-slinging in the home network debate: The International Telecommunications Union has approved the Data Link Layer for the G.hn home networking standard. The approval came at the ITU-T's January meeting, and did not come as a surprise, given that G.hn proponent the HomeGrid Forum said last fall that the DLL likely would be ready for approval this month. In a press release issued today, HomeGrid described the G.hn standard as now "essentially complete," since the PHY layer spec and a co-existence protocol were finished earlier. G.hn semiconductors should be rolling out of manufacturing throughout this year. The ITU-T also prepared a G.hn Smart Grid profile for home control and related applications.
It's going to be a fun year as G.hn moves toward a face-off against existing home networking technologies and non-believers--though even G.hn backers have admitted the new standard is not expected dominate.
- Here's the HomeGrid Forum press release
The G.hn PHY spec was approved in October
Here's some G.hn news from CES 2010
The G.hn PHY spec passed consent stage
Best Buy joined the HomeGrod Forum board this year