|The HomePlug® Alliance has a strong history with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world's largest technical professional association. The IEEE Standards Association, a globally recognized standards setting-body within IEEE, develops consensus standards through an open process that engages industry and brings together a broad stakeholder community.|
The HomePlug Alliance and its members first collaborated with IEEE in 2005 with the inception of the P1901 workgroup, tasked to develop a standard for high-speed communication devices. This was the first such standard coming from the IEEE – the same organization that created standards for 802.3 Ethernet and 802.11 Wireless technologies. Today, the HomePlug Alliance calls products adhering to this standard "HomePlug™ AV Certified."
In December 2008, the IEEE P1901 working group voted to include HomePlug technology in the baseline standard for powerline communications. This helped ensure the standard reflect the best available technology and serve the needs of the powerline communications industry as a whole. "Confirming the baseline technology for the P1901 draft standard was a significant achievement for the HomePlug Alliance and the entire powerline communications industry," commented Rob Ranck, President of the HomePlug Alliance. "The formation of a ubiquitous IEEE standard helps unite the industry, create even faster market growth and provide strong benefits to the consumer."
The results of the first Sponsor Ballot, held in April 2010, showed 81% voted in favor of the 1901 standard - an unprecedented show of industry support for a technology of such complexity.
The IEEE 1901.2010 standard was ratified in September 2010 and multiple semiconductor vendors have been shipping integrated circuits (ICs) based on the standard. In addition, the installed base of tens of millions of HomePlug AV products are fully interoperable with the 1901 standard, ensuring a seamless roadmap for existing users of HomePlug technology.
The HomePlug Alliance conducts a comprehensive Compliance and Interoperabilty (C&I) program for products based on the HomePlug AV IEEE 1901 standard, ensuring that reliable, interoperable products are available from multiple suppliers.
HomePlug Alliance has announced the Netricity program to provide compliance and interoperability testing of products built on the IEEE 1901.2 Low-Frequency Narrow Band Powerline Communications standard (http:grouper.ieee.org/groups/1901/2/). Click here for more information about Netricity.
On June 4, 2013, HomePlug Alliance announced the nVoy certification and brand program based on the IEEE 1905.1 Standard.
By providing a common communication protocol, nVoy Certified products will enable consumers and service providers to leverage the strengths of the wired and wireless networking technologies prevalent in many homes today.
The IEEE 1905.1 standard provides an abstraction layer to established powerline, wireless, coaxial cable and Ethernet home networking technologies - IEEE 1901 / HomePlug AV, Wi-Fi, 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. Its 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. It also simplifies network setup by providing common setup procedures for adding devices, establishing secure links and managing the network.
More information on the nVoy program can be found at www.nvoy.org.