Big Bad (& Really Fast) Home Networks


[qi:057] With digital gizmos beginning to clutter our homes, never before has there been such a need for speed inside our respective four walls. While we depend on broadband to grab content off the Internet, the heavy lifting really happens inside and as such, the demands on our in-home networks are only going to increase. The Diffusion Group, a research firm, is forecasting that there will be three HDTV and two SDTV streams coming into the homes within five years and that incoming data stream would need shunting around.

Thanks to two recently unveiled technologies, we can give our homes an in-home bandwidth boost now. First, Valencia, Spain-based chipmaker DS2 said it’s developed new technology that allows you to shunt around data over power lines (inside the home) at a peak rate of around 400 Mbps — ample bandwidth for moving HD-data, especially when it comes to multi-channel HD-IPTV delivery or multi-room PVRs. I have been using a Netgear (NTGR) solution that use DS2’s older chips, and to put it simply, it rocks. I use it for my home storage network.

In related news, MOCA Alliance unveiled MoCA 1.1, a new extension that boost speeds to 175 Mbps mostly with an eyes on the growing number of streams of HD content to the mix.

Related: 100 Megabits at the Edge



I needed a 100mbps powerline network like yesterday, seriously. If one had been available when we moved into our house two years ago I’d have shelled out for it. Instead I got the first-generation powerline, and it works well, but moving video from the Tivo to the Mac or replicating my MP3 collection from the upstairs computer to the downstairs computer is pretty painful.

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