HomePlug AV2 MIMO Product Certification Advances Whole-Home Networking

  • The HomePlug Alliance
LAS VEGAS — The HomePlug Alliance, the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, announced the first HomePlug AV2 Certified products and availability of the HomePlug AV2 Certification program for powerline home networking products.

“HomePlug AV2 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) products are available now in retail stores worldwide, and many service providers are expected to include HomePlug AV2 MIMO technology in IPTV offerings,” said Rob Ranck, president, HomePlug Alliance. “With MIMO technology, the next generation of HomePlug technology has arrived, delivering much higher data throughput and coverage. The HomePlug AV2 Certification program maximizes multivendor product interoperability, resulting in improved quality of products at lower costs to consumers and service providers.”

HomePlug AV2 Advances Hybrid Home Networking Technology
“More mobile devices in the home, the coming of Ultra HD Video, and an expected 33 percent compound annual growth in Smart Home intelligent systems through 2019 are all combining to drive demand for greater bandwidth in the home,” said Michael Palma, research director with IDC. “HomePlug AV2 is an important advancement for hybrid home networking technology, and will help satisfy our growing appetite for content, apps, and IoT applications.”

“In the wired networking space, HomePlug has had the largest impact on the retail market, increasing consumer awareness and providing high-bandwidth solutions without rewiring your entire house. This market awareness, along with upcoming demands for Ultra HD streaming and IoT applications, which includes hybrid devices to extend existing wireless networks, positions HomePlug AV2 well to continue serving this facet of the market,” said Michael Inouye, senior analyst, ABI Research.

Some of the key advancements of HomePlug AV2 technology include:

  • Ideal backbone for hybrid home networks that must evolve to carry large amounts of data for Ultra HD Video and IoT applications

  • Support for MIMO with beamforming - Doubles rate coverage

  • Whole-home coverage with repeater functionality

  • Power save modes (Active, Standby and Idle)

  • Complete interoperability without degradation with HomePlug AV and HomePlug Green PHY devices

  • Enhanced support for Multiple Dwelling Unit (apartment) environments to maximize throughput of neighboring networks


“Home networks must continue to evolve in order to keep pace with speed, coverage and capacity demands,” said Todd Antes, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Atheros. “HomePlug AV2 not only brings two to three times greater speeds to more wired devices in more places, but it also provides a robust backbone for Wi-Fi range extenders. Qualcomm Atheros is happy to continue its longstanding commitment to HomePlug technologies through support of the HomePlug AV2 Certification program.”

“HomePlug AV2 provides the fastest and most reliable powerline networking to connect Smart TVs, media players, game consoles, and other devices while also enabling proliferation of Wi-Fi technologies for mobile connectivity, everywhere,” said Greg Fischer, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager for Broadband Carrier Access. “HomePlug AV2 Certified products can provide a simple migration to next-generation networking, as they are interoperable with the large number of HomePlug AV and Green PHY devices already in the market.”

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