updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu July 29, 2010
HomePlug reveals specs of AV2 powerline spec
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance on Thursday explained advancements to its HomePlug AV2 specification for networking. The alliance's Technical Working Group has brought MIMO technology to the Powerline systems for faster speeds and range, increased Medium Access Control (MAC) efficiency and promised to increase operating spectrum. AV2 can further extend coverage by repeating and routing technology in networks of three or more nodes.
These changes should let the AV2 spec bring a five-fold boost in performance compared to current HomePlug AV products. It's fully compatible with both current HomePlug AV and future HomePlug Green PGY and IEEE products.
Powerline networking is currently used by broadband providers between modems and set-top boxes to reduce expenses and support costs in packages that include voice, TV and Internet services. The systems can stream 1080p HD video, broadband Internet, Internet gaming and security camera video over existing electrical wiring.
HomePlug plans to have the final AV2 spec ready by April of 2011. Powerline networking involves carrying data on a conductor that is shared to send electricity at the same time.