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The need for Internet everwhere in the home has been growing rapidly. As consumers need to connect more devices in more places, the need for high throughput connectivity has increased. Home networks now need to meet the demands of converged voice, video and data services, as well as address the needs of high-demand applications such as Ultra HD video streaming (e.g. OTT, IPTV, 4K Ultra HDTV and more). Growing smart home trends will also continue to increase the strain on home networks and the need for a singular network for both entertainment and IoT products. 

 

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Powerline networking has emerged as the backbone for home networks by allowing any device to be connected wherever there is a power outlet in the home. A backbone powerline network in combination with Wi-Fi extension meets the growing need for solid mobile connectivity throughout the home. HomePlug® offers the only powerline technologies that are positioned to meet this need due to several factors:

  • HomePlug accounts for virtually all of the worldwide installed base
  • HomePlug has the only true powerline ecosystem with multiple silicon vendors (six) developing and/or shipping products to the market.

Utilities and service providers are already embedding HomePlug technology in their product offerings. Market forces are now demanding a compatible, interoperable powerline network that offers a comprehensive solution with a future migration path and backward compatibility. HomePlug technology specifications offer the market a broadband solution with HomePlug AV, high bandwidth solution with HomePlug AV2, and smart home solution with HomePlug Green PHY™.

HomePlug products leverage the ubiquity of power outlets and electrical wiring to enable scores of connected home applications. With over 220 million devices in the market, HomePlug products are used worldwide by consumers and service providers to improve home networking performance while expanding coverage and Wi-Fi® mobility. More people are finding that HomePlug networks are far easier to install than dedicated network cable, and they also help to optimize the use of wireless networks by allowing the best placement of access points.