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HomePlug™ AV2 – The Specification for Next-Generation Broadband Speeds over Powerline Wires


Available as of January 9th, 2012, HomePlug AV2 specification enables gigabit-class speeds over electrical wiring while remaining fully interoperable with HomePlug AV and Green PHY technologies.  HomePlug AV2 enables even more powerful performance and coverage for broadband networking over powerline wires, making it faster than ever to handle the most demanding online services and applications. 

Download the white paper:  HomePlug AV2 Technology - Raising the Bar for Sustained High-Throughput Performance and Interoperability for Multi-stream Networking Using Existing Powerline Wiring in the Home

HomePlug’s digital entertainment technology provides high-quality networking over existing wiring within the home to any device with an Ethernet port or even to extend the range of a Wi-Fi router. The HomePlug AV2 specification is based on more than a decade of real-world experience and extensive field tests conducted by the Alliance’s AV Technical Working Group validating in-home coverage and performance across five countries with wide variances in home construction. HomePlug AV2 technology supports gigabit-class broadband speeds, making it ideal for Internet video, multi-room IPTV, online gaming, HD audio and other high demand networking uses, particularly when using multiple HD devices simultaneously.

Expanded Coverage and Performance

  • Enhances delivery of HD/3D streams throughout the home
  • Anticipates move towards ultra-high-speed broadband access and services
  • Developed by the HomePlug AV Technical Working Group (Broadcom, devolo, France Telecom, Marvell, Qualcomm Atheros, Ralink, Sony, SPiDCOM Technologies, and STMicroelectronics).

Key Features

  • Support for MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) PHY
  • Whole home coverage with inherent repeater functionality
  • High-definition video and audio support without noticeable dropouts or artifacts
  • Interoperable with HomePlug AV and HomePlug Green PHY devices
  • Power save: Active, Standby and Idle

Today, HomePlug Certified products are available in retail channels from many manufacturers and are being deployed by more than 30 service providers globally. The HomePlug powerline technology family includes HomePlug AV for broadband applications, HomePlug Green PHY (GP) for smart grid/smart energy applications, and now HomePlug AV2 for next-generation broadband speeds. HomePlug Certified products, with HomePlug AV, AV2 and GP technology, are fully interoperable and support the IEEE 1901 powerline communications standard.