The Evolution of Home Networks

This report examines wireless home network standards for constrained devices, including ZigBee, Z-Wave, DECT ULE, and Low Power Wi-Fi as well as peer-to-peer protocols, including UPnP, QEO, and Alljoyn. The standards are analyzed from both a technical and business perspective, highlighting the conflicts between service providers and manufacturers, and the role that home networks play in that conflict.

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1.0   Introduction

1.1 Key Questions & Issues Addressed

1.2 Scope

2.0   Wireless Home Networks

2.1 Z-Wave

2.2 ZigBee


2.4 Low Power Wi-Fi

2.5 Proprietary Networks

3.0   Application Interoperability

3.1 Digital Living Network Alliance

3.2 Energy Standards

3.3 Appliance Standards

3.4 UPnP

3.5 UPnP+

3.6 Qeo

3.7 AllJoyn

3.8 The AllSeen Alliance

4.0   Adoption of Smart Products and Home Systems

4.1 Smart Home Systems

4.2 Architecture of Smart Home Systems

4.3 Smart Home Platforms

4.4 Smart Products

4.5 Architecture for Smart Products

4.6 Cloud Services Platforms for Smart Products

5.0   Integrating Smart Products and Smart Home Systems

5.1 SWOT Analysis for Smart Home Service Providers

5.2 SWOT Analysis for Smart Product Manufacturers

6.0   Technology Changes Impacting Home Networks

6.1 Technology Changes Impacting Products

6.2 Technology Changes Impacting Home Networks

6.3 Technology Changes Impacting Gateways

7.0   Conclusion

8.0   Notes on Methodology

8.1 Data Sources


OSI Model for SEP 2.0, Home Area Networks
Network Applications
Number and Breakout of Certified Z-Wave Products
Z-Wave Strengths and Weaknesses
ZigBee Family of Solutions
ZigBee Strengths and Weaknesses
DECT ULE Strengths and Weaknesses
Low Power Wi-Fi Strengths and Weaknesses
AllSeen Alliance Strengths and Weaknesses
Smart Home Service Provider Positioning
Smart Home Service Provider Architecture
Home Control Platform Vendor Company Profiles
Smart Product Architecture
Cloud-based Platform Company Profiles
Conflicting Business Motivations within the Connected Home
In-App Product Sales in Whirlpool App
Likelihood of Using In-App Purchase Capability
SWOT for Service Providers
SWOT for Smart Product Manufacturers
Interoperability through App Mashups
OpenAPIs Expand Partnerships
HGI’s Smart Home Abstraction Layer

Publish Date: 1Q 2014

Pages: 62

Authored By:
Tom Kerber - Senior Director, IoT Strategy and Custom Research

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