HomePlug powerline technology becomes a standard, serves 220M devices

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HomePlug has become a global standard for broadband powerline networking, illustrating that the technology has hit maturation with over 220 million devices deployed worldwide.

The HomePlug Alliance said that the HomePlug technical specifications for HomePlug AV, AV2 and Green PHY will be made publicly available.

In tandem with becoming a global standard, HomePlug recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Wi-Sun Alliance.

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Once a final agreement is reached, the ongoing Netricity work to complete the technical profile for layers 1-4 and the certification testing specifications will transition to the Wi Sun Alliance. Home Plug said this is a natural progression to the multi-year liaison between HomePlug and the Wi-Sun Alliance, and will be the efficient path to commercialization of the technology.

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The organization also has been successful in garnering agreements with other home networking organizations like Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), which recently signed a letter of intent to explore the opportunity for MoCA to assume the certification and test specification programs for nVoy. As one of the key stakeholders in the development of the IEEE 1905.1 specification, HomePlug said MoCA is a good fit for the continuation of the nVoy brand and activities.

MoCA can now foster more innovation for home networking products by having more of its members gain nVoy Certification. nVoy supports and fosters harmony between HomePlug, Wi-Fi, MoCA and Ethernet networking technologies. 

Looking toward 2017, the HomePlug Alliance will work towards a transition of alliance activities.