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Faster Home Networking on the Way

Boot Camp feature for Friday, July 30, 1999

A computer network in your home. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. A lot of companies are betting that before long you'll have not one, but at least two computers in your home. They're making equipment that will let those computers work together without you having to install new wires in your walls. Home phoneline networking is nearly a year old. It lets you use the wiring that you have already to connect PCs around your house to share an Internet connection, printers and play games. The good news is, the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance has announced a new standard, ten times faster than what's out there today. Alliance VP Thomas Funk says the new networking products, which could be on the market by the end of the year, will be backward compatible with the old standard. How big does he expect home networking to get....

"The launching of the new Apple iBook and the prevalence of home networking on that product, it's only going to grow. It's only going to be more pervasive and I think the year 2000 is really going to see it take off."

The goal of the alliance is to make sure both wired and wirless home networks can work together...

"We don't really see a wired versus wireless competition, but really in the wired home, in the Internet-centric home, a joint wired and wireless that distributes the Internet access everywhere."

You can find more information on the web at homepna.org.