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Faster, Easier Home Networking Coming

Boot Camp feature for Monday, October 28, 2002

A computer network in your home. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With more and more households having broadband Internet connections and more than one PC... ..and game consoles like Sony's Playstation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox adding online play... .and even appliances tying in to the Internet... .home networking has a lot of potential growth ahead. While wireless networks have dropped in price... they still pose the greatest security concerns. That could open the door for a resurgence in home phoneline networking. Those systems use your existing phone wires for computer networks without tying up your phone lines. At the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance, president John Marshall says new higher speed standards could attract a lot of interest...

"The latest announcement from the HPNA was that we are moving towards a 3.0 specification which will support hundred megabit per second connectivity."

That's ten times faster than the current phoneline networks. Marshall, who is a VP at home networking equipment maker 2Wire, says the new phone line networking standard will have several advantages...

"The first one being ... no new wires. The second one with the 3.0 standard will be higher bandwidth... .100 megabit per second throughput. And then the third of course, which is unique to HPNA is that it actually has a quality of service component which allows for it to basically manage voice and video in such a way that it maintains the quality of that signal."

Unfortunately the new standard probably won't be widely available until late next year. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.