One of the biggest challenges is the lack of a dominant standard for Embedded Internetworking. Anybody trying to implement an Embedded Internetworking faces basic questions like: What kind of Internet connection will most of my customers have? Do I need to dial-in via modem (where to, which local number, which communication parameters) or is there an “always-on” Ethernet connection available nearby?

As there are so many different companies from many different business areas (appliances, consumer electronics, internet service providers, etc.) involved in the development of Embedded Internetworking solutions, it is unlikely that we will see a dominant standard for Embedded Internetworking solutions any time soon.