nVoyâ„¢ certification to mainstream hybrid home networking


Taipei, China — (METERING.COM) — June 5, 2013 – Hybrid home networking is expected to move from specification to reality with the introduction of a new nVoy™ certification and marketing program for HomePlug®, MoCA®, Wi-Fi® and Ethernet products implementing the IEEE 1905.1 hybrid networking 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. Products with nVoy certification, the first of which are expected later this year, will support and foster enhanced connectivity between HomePlug, Wi-Fi, MoCA and Ethernet networking technologies.

Service providers are continually looking for new ways to meet the exponential growth in demand for networking speeds to accommodate high bandwidth applications such as IPTV, video on demand, multi-room DVR, and device to device media shifting. Using nVoy networking capabilities, service providers can add new network intelligence to improve existing deployments and enable new whole-home products and services. Features of nVoy certified products will include advanced diagnostics supported locally or remotely with TR-069, topology discovery, simplified security setup, link metrics and automatic configuration of Wi-Fi access points. It also enables enhanced power management by optimizing network power usage across different technologies.  

Consumers will benefit from the consistent authentication procedures provided by nVoy certified products to enable simple self-installation of hybrid home networks for wired and wireless devices. Based on 1905.1 technology, nVoy certification will validate these features for new devices while maintaining backward compatibility with HomePlug, Wi-Fi, MoCA and Ethernet devices already in consumers’ homes.

“A large and diverse set of companies contributed to the development of the 1905.1 specification throughout the process,” said Purva Rajkotia, chairman of the IEEE 1905.1 Working Group. “Establishing the certification program for the standard that unifies the world’s most prevalent wired and wireless networking technologies will bring benefits to carriers who wish to deploy more capable and reliable home network equipment and to end-users who continue to demand richer content on more devices.”  

Development of the nVoy testing and certification program is nearing completion, and the first interoperability event is expected in the third quarter of 2013. The first nVoy certified products are expected by year-end 2013.