Last year, we saw the introduction of HomePlug AV2 (HPAV2) silicon from both Broadcom and Qualcomm Atheros. In conformance with the usual product development cycle, we saw the announcement of various HPAV2 products at CES in January. TP-LINK and TRENDnet were the players that seemed to be taking the lead in getting them to the market. Even though their products were supposed to ship in Q2 / Q3, we are yet to see them outside tradeshows. ZyXEL is springing a surprise by launching two powerline adapters based on the HPAV2 standard with confirmed ship dates PLA5206 Broadcom BCM60333 HPAV2 SISO Chipset PLA5206KIT contains a pair of adapters, MSRP of $160 Available Sept. 1 Delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps Utilizes HomePlug AV2 standard to transmit multiple HD video streams simultaneously 128-bit encryption Green...

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...

28 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2014

Qualcomm Atheros Introduces QCA7500 HPAV2 Powerline Solution with MIMO Capabilities

In October 2012, Qualcomm Atheros introduced their first HomePlug AV2 (HPAV2) solution in the form of the QCA7450/AR1540 chipset. It did boast of theoretical speeds up to 500 Mbps...

9 by Ganesh T S on 10/21/2013

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

Hands-On Powerline Networking: How Well (Or Not) Are Latest-Generation Devices Working?

Call me a Luddite, but I've always found the whole idea of setting up a dedicated wired connection just to get an AC-powered gadget connected to the network to...

53 by Brian Dipert on 9/1/2011

Sigma Designs Skini Platform: Home Convergence using Hybrid STBs

While smartphones are bringing about the personal convergence revolution, there is still a battle going on to determine the convergence product at the residential level. Sigma Designs, through various...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/20/2011

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

Netgear AV Series Set for Expansion

The first half of 2010 saw Netgear get started on their AV Series product line. Their intent was to create a set of products to enhance the consumer's home...

27 by Ganesh T S on 8/25/2010

Powerline Networking with the Western Digital Livewire

Almost all CE devices sold in the market today have some sort of connection to the Internet as well as the home network. The consumers' need to transfer data...

32 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2010

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