Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The case for Firewire

You don't hear much about Firewire these days, especially as a preferred home network. So this tutorial by two Texas Instruments engineers on why the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) group chose 1394 rather than Ethernet as the initial basis of its home networking solution caught my eye. Not surprisingly, the crux of the issue is getting better quality of service.

Everything I have heard suggests the digital home will be a polyglot environment with plenty of different networks backed by various PC, consumer and service provider interests. Personally, I doubt 1394 will have a very big role to play, but it will have a role.

1 comment:

John Gilmore said...

They probably picked Firewire because Ethernet is too big and too free a market for them to cram DRM down its throat. But that doesn't matter -- customers will keep wiring their houses with Ethernet, and people who sell media players that won't use it will just lose business.