The battle between HomePlug and HomeGrid to emerge as the de-facto powerline networking standard was quite interesting between 2010 and 2013. However, despite silicon getting demonstrated at various trade shows, G.hn was unable to get a retail product out for a long time. This changed last summer, when Comtrend introduced the PG-9172, a 1200 Mbps G.hn powerline adapter. In this review, we take a look at the performance of the Comtrend PG-9172, and how it compares to some of the HomePlug products already in the market. With Arris launching a suite of G.hn networking products under the RipCurrent branding last month, we also analyze whether G.hn is finally ready for retail prime time.

Netgear Updates Networking Lineup at CES

Netgear's flagship router - the Nighthawk X8 (R8500) - was launched in October. At CES, Netgear took the opportunity to upgrade the Nighthawk X4 line. Interestingly, the original X4...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Powerline Networking - End of the Road for G.hn?

I have been making it a point to catch up on the state of the powerline networking industry every CES, and this year was no different. In 2013, I...

29 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2014

Diamond Multimedia Tests Networking Waters at CES

Diamond Multimedia is well known for its AMD graphics cards and USB capture devices. To date, the AMD graphics cards continue to be their cash cow, flying off the...

3 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

G.hn and HomePlug Head for Showdown

It has been a while since we covered PLC (powerline communication) technology here, but we took the opportunity to check up on the latest and greatest in the area...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2013

Netgear Selects Broadcom HPAV Solution for Powerline Products

HomePlug and G.hn are tussling it out to emerge as the de-facto powerline standard, but HomePlug has enjoyed a lot of success as the incumbent. In the North American...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

G.hn Gains Momentum with Marvell Silicon

We have covered the powerline networking battle between HomePlug and HomeGrid in a lot of earlier pieces. With demonstration of working silicon at CES 2011, G.hn finally emerged from...

11 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2011

G.hn Silicon Emerges from Vaporware Territory

Powerline networking products are quite popular in the European and Asian markets compared to the US. The Western Digital Livewire product was the first powerline product reviewed by AnandTech...

19 by Ganesh T S on 2/2/2011

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