Home networking nirvana?

Intel is apparently spearheading a cross-industry effort to allow WiFi to interoperate with Firewire (that’s IEEE 802.11 and 1394, for the numerically inclined), using Microsoft’s Universal Plug and Play technology. Incompatibility between the standards pushed by the computer industry and the consumer electronics industry has been a big barrier to home networking since I first started writing about it in 1998. This effort could be good news for the emergence of powerful home media servers.