MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Novak for the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
The Ardell Group
Last released: 18 September 2009
HomePlug Powerline Alliance Fact Sheet
An industry-led initiative established to provide a forum for the creation of
specifications for powerline networking products and services, the HomePlug
Powerline Alliance is driving the adoption and accelerating the demand for
powerline networking products and services.
Currently, the Alliance includes more than 70 industry-leading companies. Member companies
span various technology business sectors, including hardware, services, software, semiconductor
design, consumer electronics, utility and retail. HomePlug alliance sponsors include:
The alliance's mission is to enable and promote rapid availability, adoption and implementation of
cost effective, interoperable and standards-based home powerline networks and products.
In the spring of 2001, the HomePlug alliance finalized its full draft specification for HomePlug 1.0.
To ensure reliability, speed and interoperability, it conducted extensive field-testing of its baseline
technology in more than 500 homes throughout North America. In June of 2001, the HomePlug
alliance published, and made available to its members, an Ethernet-class home powerline
networking 1.0 specification that allows for ubiquitous, high-speed, cost-effective home
connectivity. Millions of HomePlug-certified products now in use worldwide.
HomePlug AV supports distribution of data and multi-stream entertainment including High
Definition television (HDTV) throughout the home. The HomePlug AV specification provides the
best solution for high quality digital video distribution, with secure connectivity and built-in Quality-
of-Service (QoS), at a cost that is competitive with other home networking alternatives. HomePlug
AV offers co-existence modes enabling Broadband over Powerline (BPL) co-existence, multi-
network operation, hidden node service and backward compatibility with HomePlug 1.0 certified
The alliance is developing HomePlug AV2 as the true next-generation high-bandwidth powerline
standard to meet the demands of emerging consumer applications such as IPTV, multi-user
gaming, multiple HDTV streams, distributed home storage systems, VIOP, and home IT
networks. HomePlug AV2 also improves on whole home delivery of high bandwidth signals in
homes and multi-dwelling buildings. HomePlug AV2 is fully interoperable with HomePlug AV and
HomePlug GP, and will be brought into the IEEE 1901 standard once the spec is complete.
HomePlug AV2 offers Gigabit speed at the physical layer and 600Mbs+ at the MAC layer. The
AV2 spec is on schedule for completion in late 2009 or early 2010, with products expected to ship
in early 2011.
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