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HomePlug AV demoed

by Steve Kerrison on 29 September 2006, 12:04

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HomePlug networking solutions provider Intellon was showing off its HomePlug AV home networking solutions, compared against older and slower non-HomePlug technology.


Original HomePlug ran at 14Mbps, while HomePlug AV can operate at 200Mbps. One of the big benefits to HomePlug is that no extra wires need to be run to create a home network. However, earlier this week we detailed some of the other ways HomePlug could make itself popular, given that WiFi's so strong in the home networking segment.

One of the applications of HomePlug AV is for HDTV streaming around the house. Older HomePlug and proprietary powerline networking solutions cannot provide the bandwidth needed for reliable and interference free data streaming. Intellon demonstrates how some other solutions work (or rather, don't)...


Indeed, this is what happens when you don't have enough bandwidth for reliable HD video transfers and have powerline networking devices that are susceptible to interference from lamps and other equipment. The hardware in use here is Panasonic based and not to the HomePlug specification.

Intellon's HomePlug AV hardware, however can handle multiple HD video streams, interference free, so you needn't worry about turning on the microwave in the middle of a streaming session.

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I think video versions would be pretty cool, have PC in one room and pipe the video across to the tele in another, similar to the audio one that's already been around for a bit.
Tom Scott;876853
Not any more.
hmmm… for streaming hd you need really decent bandwidth but more than that, you need *consistently* high bandwitch as *any* drop in bandwidth below that required immediately manifests itself on your movie/tv screen as a sh1te picture. That's why most wireless hd streaming products are speaking codswallop - it might work some or a lot of the time, but rarely *all* of the time. “Honey turn on the microwave / bluetooth headset etc”, TV: “splutter… pfzzzt…”
Good (and rare) article on tomsnetworking which investigates how video streaming at different qualities actually fares over wireless networks if you're interested…