DLNA Adds HomePlug AV and HD-PLC Standards to New Guidlines

  • Posted on: 14 March 2012
  • By: chw staff

HomePlug AV, HD-PLC and the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) have decided to create a unified front for the Powerline Communication (PLC) industry. The DLNA has decided to incorporate HomePlug AV and HD-PLC powerline networking standards into its new Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines due out later this year. Soon home devices that use powerline to communicating will carry the DLNA badge.

According to DLNA, the adoption will enable DLNA Certified products to be connected anywhere in the home where there is an electrical outlet. DLNA certified devices such as such as TVs, AV equipment, personal computers, game machines, and networked data storage will be able to communicate over powerline seamlessly – giving consumer hassle free networking.

The use of powerline networking solutions  have grown within the last few years as it allow homeowners to network their home without the need to install new cables. The HomePlug Alliance is responsible to establishing standards for powerline communication between appliances in the home. It is based on the IEEE 1901 standard. High Definition Power Line Communication (HD-PLC) started by Panasonic is also base on the IEEE 1901 standard and allows HD streaming over powerline networking.

In addition to creating standards and guidelines so that different devices can communicate using Wireless (802.11) and Ethernet LAN, the new DLNA standard will now include guidelines for the same devices to communicate using IEEE 1901 standard for HD-PLC and HomePlug base devices.

“DLNA continues to advance the connected home by allowing consumers to connect and enjoy their favourite content throughout their homes. Adding powerline networking as a DLNA approved solution for connectivity gives consumers expanded flexibility when setting up their home network and confidence they can enjoy their photos, music and videos on DLNA Certified products whether connected using electrical wiring, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or MoCA.”