Communication standards that have been certified by the DLNA Guidelines include IEEE 802.3 wired LAN (Ethernet) and IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN (Wi-Fi). The addition of the IEEE 1901 standard (HD-PLC) will allow consumers to enjoy intercommunication and data sharing services between DLNA-compliant devices on a home network using existing electrical power lines, such as TVs, AV equipment, personal computers, game machines, and networked data storage devices.
The specifications for HD-PLC were issued as an IEEE 1901 standard in December 2010. In addition to specifying low layers (MAC and PHY) for high-speed communications over power lines, the IEEE 1901 standard also defines a mechanism to allow coexistence among different PLC technologies. The IEEE 1901 coexistence mechanism was also issued as the ITU-T G.9972 standard. Products compliant with these standards are certified by HD-PLC Alliance. Panasonic and Panasonic System Networks have licensed HD-PLC technologies since 2011.