HomeGrid Forum Overview

HomeGrid Forum (HGF) is an industry alliance formed to support the development and deployment of a unified coaxial, phoneline, powerline, and plastic optical fiber home networking technology called G.hn (Gigabit Home Networking). G.hn technology is based on standards developed by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union – Telecom (ITU-T) standards development organization, the same organization that standardized the HomePNA technology.

Based on a common vision of migrating the market to G.hn technology, HomeGrid Forum (HGF) merged with the HomePNA Alliance in May 2013, forming an industry alliance of over 70 members including some of the world’s largest Service Providers, system manufacturers, and silicon companies. HGF is the leading organization for promoting advanced wired home networking. While supporting the existing and expanding base of HomePNA deployments; moving the industrythrough a smooth transition of all wireline home networking technologies to G.hn, the unified, multi-sourced home networking technology.

HomeGrid Certification ensures compliance and interoperability (C&I) of silicon and systems through plugfests and rigorous C&I testing. A logo is issued for certified systems’ packaging and documentation, either a G.hn logo for G.hn-based systems or a HomePNA logo for HomePNA-based systems. HGF Certification ensures that retail customers and Service Providers have confidence in, and great satisfaction with all HGF G.hn Certified and HGF HomePNA Certified products.

HomeGrid Forum members comprise an eco-system covering all aspects of the technology from Retailers to Service Providers, Utilities to Smart Grid think tanks, System Developers to Test Houses and Silicon Companies.

HomeGrid currently has four work groups: a Clean Tech/Smart Grid/Smart Energy workgroup focused on in-home energy management and utility Distribution Automation and AMI applications for G.hn, a G.hn Contributions workgroup that continuously works to develop advanced enhancements for wired home networking, a Compliance & Interoperability workgroup that has sub-groups focused on HomePNA and on G.hn C&I, and a Marketing workgroup focused on promoting all HomeGrid Certified Products and technologies.

The purpose of HomeGrid Forum is to:

  • Lead the work within the ITU-T to continuously expand G.hn, through a sustained effort to improve and extend this advanced home networking technology for any in-home wiring (coaxial cable, phone line, powerline and plastic optical fiber)
  • Evaluate ways to extend the HomePNA technology to ensure the deployed base continues to meet the needs of Service Providers
  • Encourage and evangelize the adoption and widespread deployments of G.hn by Service Providers and through Retail channels
  • Provide a clear migration path for all wired technologies including HomePNA to G.hn, where coexistence and G.hn’s ability to work over any wire type enables Service Providers to extend the life of their existing network investments while increasing coverage, robustness, and throughput in the home
  • Maintain a comprehensive compliance and interoperability program to promote an ecosystem of compliant silicon and interoperable products based on the ITU-T G.hn and HomePNA standards.

HomeGrid Forum supports the deployment of a unified coaxial, phone line and powerline home networking technology, ensures compliance and interoperability of products based on the technology and issues a certified logo for use with certified system products.

The new HomeGrid Forum G.hn Test Plan for Powerline is now available!  Click here to access the document.