Technical Information

This page provides information on types of communication links that support IP-based communications. Almost all links do, but at the end of the page there are a few examples of links that do not.

These link layers can support IP-based communications:

* IEEE 802.3/Ethernet: http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.3.html

* IEEE 802.11: http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.11.html and http://www.wi-fi.org/

* IEEE 802.15.4 w/ 6LoWPAN (e.g., ZigBee IP): http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.15.html

* ITU-T G.9955/9956 or IEEE P1901.2 (e.g., G3-PLC, PRIME-PLC): http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.9955-201112-P and http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.9956-201111-P

* ITU-T G.9903 (G3-PLC only): http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.9903-201210-I/en

* IEEE 1901: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5678770

* Bluetooth [1-3].X (with BNEP): http://www.bluetooth.com/

* Bluetooth 4.0 (BT-LE): http://www.bluetooth.com/

* IEEE 802.16 / Wi-MAX: http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.16.html and http://www.wimaxforum.org/

* GSM/GPRS: http://www.3gpp.org/specification-numbering

* UMTS: http://www.3gpp.org/specification-numbering (see 21 Series and higher)

* LTE: http://www.3gpp.org/specification-numbering (see 37 Series)

* CDMA 2000: http://www.3gpp2.org/Public_html/specs/index.cfm

The following legacy link layers do not support IP-based communications. In some cases, there exists newer variants (such as ZigBee IP) that are IP-capable or ongoing work to make them IP-capable.

* 1-Wire: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1-Wire

* IEEE 802.15.4 w/o 6LoWPAN (e.g., ZigBee PRO): http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.15.html

* Z-Wave: http://www.z-wavealliance.org/

* ANT: http://www.thisisant.com/