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Geiger explains that standards are on the horizon, since none have actually been set related to networking. "You have IR, RS-232 and that kind of stuff," he says. "But the standards really aren't there. I think that will be the first major hurdle to get over, to making the connected home more of a commodity-based thing. There needs to be a universal standard agreed upon by the industry to go forward."
As of now, he says that TCP/IP over internet is a good example of where the technology may head. "Costs are coming down to implement Ethernet ports, so more will have Ethernet," Geiger explains. "Market leaders are really pushing this."
Sony, for instance, has announced the company's dedication to implementing Ethernet ports in televisions. "The standard is much better than a few years ago," says Geiger. "It was going to be USB or Bluetooth, that's what Microsoft was pushing. With Ethernet, it's just as easy to go Wi-Fi."