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Why G.hn is now the Official Big Enchilada of Wired Home Networking Standards.

March 12, 2009 4:03 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , Best Buy , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomeGrid Forum , HomePlug , HomePNA , MoCA , P1901 , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 1 TrackBack

Last night as I was running some errands, I drove by and decided to pay a visit to my local Best Buy where I live in San Antonio.  I walked through the myriad of big screen TVs and of course the way cool Magnolia Theater section of the store.

I needed to do this in order think through a bit more about how and why Best Buy’s role as a Board Member of the HomeGrid Forum will impact the future of the wired home network. 

Then it hit me. 

Being an AT&T U-verse customer, I must confess that my brain has been way too service provider-centric since I have been living on HomePNA for the past three years.

The “ah-ha” moment came to me when I realized that in one fell swoop, the big box retailer will be the key driver in the migration to the next generation of wired home networking - the G.hn standard.  Now that Circuit City is dead, Best Buy controls what U.S. consumers buy in terms of consumer electronics, home appliances, and computers.

Best Buy wants to make sure that when a customer walks in the door to shop and hopefully buy, the entire experience is excellent. While I haven’t spoken to Best Buy, my guess is they probably realize all too well that the home networking experience today is not that great an experience. There are too many standards, different devices that don’t work well together and as a result, customers get confused and return their products.

Best Buy can fix all that. By pushing TV, appliance, computer and network device makers towards a common standard like G.hn, Best Buy can do more to help rally the industry around a unified approach to the connected home.  Plus, what Best Buy does in the U.S. will impact what other big box retailers in other parts of the world. 

My guess is once Best Buy decides to embrace G.hn in full, every hardware company will have to migrate from existing standards such as HomePlug, MoCA and HomePNA to G.hn. This probably won’t happen overnight. It will probably take years. Still, I can’t hardly wait and see how Best Buy makes it all work seamlessly together.

 

 




HomeGrid Forum Adds New Members; Holy Geek Squad: Best Buy Joins Board of Directors

March 09, 2009 7:03 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomeGrid Forum , Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques , P1901 , University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory  | 0 comments  | 1 TrackBack

HomeGrid Forum today announced that Best Buy, Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques (LAN), University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, and ACN Advanced Communications Networks SA (ACN) have joined the growing list of HomeGrid Forum members. 

While this list is certainly compelling, what is most telling in today’s announcement is that the mother of all big box retailers, and survivor of the consumer electronics retail downturn, Best Buy, has been appointed to HomeGrid Forum’s board of directors. 

Walk into any Best Buy and then head over to their Magnolia Home Theater department.  That’s where the rubber meets the road and big gross dollars are spent when a consumer decides to go all the way with high- end home theater.  And even if the consumer just needs new big screen TV or an audio system, Best Buy is still the place where the consumer is going to make a decision and try to get educated on making sure their purchase is good for the long run.

I also think this move will be good for Best Buy’s Geek Squad division which is the group that comes to your home to help deploy and install your equipment purchase.  With Best Buy supporting the global adoption of the ITU-T’s G.hn next-generation technology as the single wired standard for connecting devices together over coax, powerlines, and phonelines in the home, it should make the installation process a much simpler one.

At the other end of the spectrum in today’s announcement, two of the new member companies -- Laboratoire des Applications Numeriques and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory -- are established and highly respected leaders in the field of standards compliance and interoperability testing for broadband networking technologies.

This is also a big deal because they will help ensure the deployment of high quality G.hn products through rigorous test programs based on the HomeGrid Compliance & Interoperability Program. 

Products that pass these tests will receive the HomeGrid-Certified logo, an assurance that G.hn-based products from any vendor will deliver the performance and interoperability necessary to connect computing, communications, and entertainment products in the digital home. And that takes me back to where Best Buy fits in. 

Having a HomeGrid-Certified logo on your product helps the consumer make a decision where it matters the most:  at the point of going from let me think about this, to “honey, let’s take this one home.”

 

AT&T Participating in G.hn Standard Development

February 19, 2009 10:02 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , AT&T , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomePNA , P1901 , Tom Starr , U-verse , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

I recently had a chance to visit with Tom Starr, Lead Member of Technical Staff for AT&T.  Tom is a recent AT&T award winner.

It stands to reason that the world’s largest telecommunications company would have an interested in G.hn.  After all, the company has over 1,000,000 American homes on its HomePNA based wired network that runs its U-verse triple play offering. 

After installing this many homes you learn a lot about wiring and the realities that not all homes are wired equally.  In a perfect world, you’d have what Tom kept referring to “no new wires,” but the reality is that each home has different wiring types in each room that lend themselves better at connectivity and delivering services.

From day one, Tom has been active and working with the ITU’s development of the G.hn standard (which is now officially called G.9960).  He told me that AT&T is watching the development of the G.hn standard for a few reasons:

  1. Connect to any room no matter what the wiring type may be.  Get to a point where the customer can self-install new hardware- something considered to be the holy grail of any video provider
  2. Have built-in diagnostics and tools that allow for remote manageability and ease of use.
  3. Have multiple supply sources.  And when you have an industry standard like G.hn, you get to a certain point of critical mass where you will have many technology, equipment, parts and product marketers all supplying the channel with compatible and industry standard offerings.  This helps grow the industry ecosystem and supply chain.

I’ve been an AT&T U-verse customer for over three years.  Some of my readers may also know my 3Screens blog, in which I write a consumer facing blog about AT&T’s three screen strategy. 


Now that I have a true IP home with triple play services, I personally look forward to AT&T’s deployment of the next generation of wired home networks- courtesy of the G.hn standard.

The Everywire Conversation Part III with Matt Theall, Technology Strategist, Intel and President - HomeGrid Forum

February 05, 2009 5:02 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , G.hn , Intel , ITU , Matt Theall , P1901 , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here is part III in a series of 3 discussions with Matt TheallTechnology Strategist, Intel and President of HomeGrid Forum.

In this interview, Matt talks about the growing momentum of the HomeGrid Forum
and its role in helping to market G.hn.


The Everywire Conversation Part II with Matt Theall, Technology Strategist, Intel and President - HomeGrid Forum

February 04, 2009 5:02 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomeGrid Forum , Intel , Matt Theall , P1901  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here is part II in a series of 3 discussions with Matt TheallTechnology Strategist, Intel and President of HomeGrid Forum.

In this interview, Matt talks about the evolution of G.hn, and the consent- or approval of the new G.hn standard. Matt also talks about the co-existence mode in G.hn that provides a co-existence mechanism for existing and future product, assuring backward compatibility.

Tomorrow, Matt talks about the growing momentum for HomeGrid Forum.
 

The Everywire Conversation Part I with Matt Theall, Technology Strategist, Intel and President - HomeGrid Forum

February 02, 2009 4:02 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , HomeGrid Forum , Matt Theall , P1901 , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here is part I in a series of 3 discussions with Matt ThealTechnology Strategist, Intel and President of HomeGrid Forum.


In this interview, Matt talks gives us an overview of Intel, the HomeGrid Forum, wired and wireless home networks.


The Everywire Conversation with Charlie Cerino, President of MoCA

January 29, 2009 1:01 PM in Alan Weinkrantz , G.hn , MoCA , P1901 , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here's my interview with Charlie Cerino, President of MoCA, where he talks about the future of G.hn

State of Connected Home Market Webinar Announced for Friday, January 23 / 10 AM PST

January 22, 2009 11:01 PM in CABA , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , HomeGrid Forum , P1901 , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Consumers want an easy, seamless way to integrate their smart home devices, according to the landmark State of Connected Home Market Study conducted by CABA’s Internet Home Alliance Research Council.  

CABA and HomeGrid Forum Collaborate on January 23 Event to Present New Research Findings 

WHAT: HomeGrid Forum and CABA will host a webinar to discuss findings from its State of the Connected Home market study.  The webinar will explore past and current trends in the marketplace and discuss consumer understanding of the connected home today and in the future.  In addition, the webinar will cover the evolving wired home networking market, and the recently Consented ITU-T G.hn standard for unified connectivity.

WHERE: To reserve a webinar seat, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/345347896

WHEN: Friday, January 23th, 2009 10am Pacific Time

 CONTACT: For more information or to set up a press briefing with the speakers from HomeGrid Forum and CABA, please contact Layla McHale at layla@mchalecomm.com or (408) 981-6394. For more information on HomeGrid Forum, please visit www.homegridforum.org. For more information on CABA, visit www.caba.org.

 About the 2008 State of the Connected Home Market Study

The 2008 State of the Connected Home Market Study was conducted by Zanthus, a high-tech market research firm, to investigate consumer attitudes and behaviors with regard to the connected home. Zanthus conducted a series of Web surveys among both primary market consumers, defined as consumers who adopt technology as products first come on the market, and mass market consumers, defined as those who wait for prices to fall or to assess a product’s popularity before making new technology purchases. Previous waves of the study were conducted in 2003 and 2005.

 About CABA

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies in North America. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

 About HomeGrid Forum

HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the International Telecommunication Union’s G.hn standardization efforts for next-generation home networking. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of G.hn through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and interoperability of G.hn-compliant products, and cooperates with complementary industry alliances.

 


The Everywire Conversation with Rami Verbin - CTO, CopperGate Communications

January 19, 2009 8:01 AM in CopperGate , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , Home Networking , P1901 , Rami Verbin , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Here's my video interview with Rami Verbin, CTO, CopperGate Communications.


The Everywire Conversation with The Tivo Models

January 17, 2009 3:01 AM in Alan Weinkrantz , EveryWire , EveryWire.com , G.hn , Home Networking , P1901 , Tivo , Wired Home Networking  | 0 comments  | 0 TrackBack

Ok, so this isn't exactly a real "conversation," but the message is clear from the Tivo Models:  "Everywire.com Rocks!

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