HomePlug


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HomePlug

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 HomePlug Alliance is a group of 55 companies developing technology specifications and certification & logo programs for powerline networking.
Also at the event, HomePlug provided a live demonstration showcasing the interoperability between some of the latest, next generation HomePlug AV2 products with best-selling HomePlug AV retail products.
HomePlug is launching a special team within its Certification Working Group to develop the Netricity PLC testing programs to ensure product interoperability.
Available at retailers worldwide, HomePlug AV Certified products establish a fast and reliable connection to the Internet and between devices on a home network, and can also be used to extend a Wi-Fi signal to areas in the home that lack adequate wireless connectivity.
The HomePlug Certified logo has become an important industry validation of reliability, interoperability and ease-of-use for consumers, retailers and service providers alike.
Home networks are now carrying high volumes of entertainment content, and consumers expect uninterrupted viewing experiences," commented Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance.
Having a market leader in TV media processors join the HomePlug Alliance and Board is obviously a significant step in helping to progress this standard.
Developed by the HomePlug AV Technical Working Group (Broadcom, devolo, France Telecom, Marvell, Qualcomm Atheros, Ralink, Sony, SPiDCOM Technologies, STMicroelectronics)
These sessions look at the critical role HomePlug technology is playing in extending and standardizing the move to the Smart Grid:
To learn more about Netricity PLC, interested parties are invited to attend the 2011 HomePlug Powerline Alliance conference, November 8-9 in San Francisco.
As the global powerline networking market continues to grow rapidly - annual shipments of HomePlug broadband speed products are expected to triple by 2014 - the conference will highlight both the underlying applications for adoption of powerline networking and how HomePlug technology provides the foundation for standardization.