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G.hn excluded from P1905.1 - not now, maybe later

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By PETER WHITE

Published: 9 June, 2011

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G.hn (HomeGrid) and HPNA will not be included in the P1905.1 project authorization request (PAR), according to IEEE. P1905 is intended to be an easy-to-implement communications bridge that’s intended to make hybrid home networks, wired and wireless, easier to set up and manage. Pay-TV service providers like it because it reduces installation and support costs for deployment of IPTV and OTT video services. Consumers will like it because it includes Wi-Fi. At IEEE - Standard Association (IEEE - PA), the PAR defines the scope of the document.

Last week, the IEEE’s Communications Society Standard Board passed the following motion:

IEEE said that as a result, the PAR change to include G.hn will not be submitted to the IEEE-SA Standards Board for ratification.

IEEE said this only means that G.hn will not be listed in the PAR, which says:

“...The abstraction layer provides a common data and control Service Access Point to the heterogeneous home networking technologies described in the following specifications: IEEE P1901, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.3 and MoCA 1.1. The standard is extendable to work with other home networking technologies...”

G.hn was not included in the original P1905.1 PAR. Because P1905.1 is not yet a completed standard, it cannot be extended at this point. To be included later, the G.hn group and any other network standard must make a specific contribution to the initial draft. This could be accepted by the P1905.1 working group but only with a two-thirds approval vote.

It seems like a very tiny area in which to work.

IEEE also said, “As per approved Operating Procedures, any future PAR change request requires 75% approval by the Working Group.”

G.hn members are expected to protest the moves. Some do not think that G.hn or any other networking technology can be excluded from P1905.1 at this point.

IEEE said it’s certain that G.hn will not be included in the PAR, which defines the scope of the project at this time. At some future point, the working group could pass a motion with a 75% approval to include it. Contributions that address G.hn functionality can be made to the draft, and each contribution will require a two-thirds approval vote to be accepted. That’s because there’s a line in the PAR that states that the standard is extendable to other home networking technologies.

Members of the P1905.1 Convergent Digital Home Network Working Group are:

•Atheros

•Broadcom

•Cisco

•Entropic Communications

•France Telecom

•HD-PLC

•HomeGrid Forum

•HomePlug

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