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A powerline network that is designed to run Ethernet over the existing electrical system and use AC wall outlets as connecting points. HomePlug provides a non-wireless alternative to stringing network cables to all the rooms in the house. It is very often used with an existing, wired Ethernet network to connect a computer in a distant room without going wireless. All computers and network devices (routers, switches) plug into HomePlug adapters, also known as "HomePlug bridges," that plug into the wall outlet.

HomePlug 1.0 and HomePlug AV
HomePlug 1.0 provides an effective data rate of 8.2 Mbps, while HomePlug AV (HPAV) offers quality of service (QoS) and 150 Mbps for video streaming. Both versions use OFDM modulation and the CSMA/CA access method used in wireless Ethernet (802.11).

HomePlug transmits low-energy signals in the 4.5MHz to 21MHz frequency range, way above the 60Hz and 50Hz of AC power. HomePlug AV uses 2MHz to 28MHz. For more information, visit the HomePlug Powerline Alliance at www.homeplug.com. See powerline network. See also HomePNA.

Extending the Network
This illustration shows powerline technology being used with an existing network to connect a user in a remote location of the building.
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The endorsement and support of these world class manufacturers is a significant step in establishing robust technology standards to deliver on the smart grid promise," commented Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
Today, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance will host an industry "Meet and Greet" event during the show at the Taipei International Convention Center.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance works with key stakeholders to ensure all of its specifications are designed to meet the requirements of IPTV service providers, power utilities, equipment and appliance manufacturers, consumer electronics and other constituents.
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The HomePlug Powerline Alliance has formed liaisons with the Wi-Fi Alliance and ZigBee Alliance to help facilitate interoperability between devices which operate on HomePlug, Wi-Fi and ZigBee networks using SEP 2.
We are very pleased with the milestones we achieved in 2010, including the completion of our Green PHY Smart Grid specification in June, having HomePlug AV chips from four semiconductor companies pass our certification program, and seeing shipments of HomePlug devices cross the 60 million benchmark," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance operates the world's premier powerline compliance and interoperability certification program and has certified over 215 HomePlug products to date.
The IEEE is well known as the foremost standards body for networking, and HomePlug has a mature and well-developed testing plan for HomePlug AV," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
More than 50 million HomePlug chips have been deployed, and that number is expected to reach 100 million by the end of 2011," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
The TWG made significant progress toward our goal of deploying a truly next-generation HomePlug powerline specification to address future market demands, and that is built on the excellent powerline products readily available and in use," said Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.