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Powerline Networking Goes High Speed

Techstination feature for Friday, October 27, 2006

Powerline networking goes high speed. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's faster than wireless and easier to install. Netgear is out with Powerline HD Ethernet Adapters. Plug one into a wall electrical outlet…and connect it to a router….and plug a second one into an outlet anywhere in the home….and you have an instant, high speed 200 megabit wired connection. The technology comes from chipmaker DS2….where VP Chano Gomez says….

"You can network many different devices. You can network your PC, your DSL router, an Xbox 360, a network printer. Any type of network device can take advantage of powerline technology for interconnection inside the home."

And the 200 megabit speed….which you may not get in the real world depending on how outlets are used in the home….is more than fast enough to carry high definition video around the house…

"Most telecommunication companies are starting to provide IPTV services and they need a very reliable way to distribute IPTV signals to different rooms in the home. And many of them are using Powerline technology for that."

The Netgear Powerline HD adapaters are priced at 250 dollars for two.. One concern is the possibility of a battle over powerline networking standards. The HomePlug Power Alliance is pushing a rival standard it calls HomePlug AV for multimedia applications. And yet a third technology called HD-PLC is being used by Panasonic. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.