HomePNA 3.0 to push 128 Mbps+
The latest version of a home networking standard for telephony lines will pipe data at a blistering 128 Mbps, the Home Phoneline Network Alliance announced this week.
In the release of HPNA 3.0, the Alliance noted that the platform — with "optional extensions" — could support up to 240 Mbps. Along with its inherent QoS, HPNA 3.0 will be optimal for the networking of media-rich digital audio and video applications.
HPNA technology already is being used by some cable operators to test the virtues of the multi-screen DVR. Last month, Comcast Corp. announced it plans to use HPNA 2.0-over-coax technology to test such a service this summer in the Philadelphia area.
For that trial, Comcast is using software from Ucentric Systems and media centers and thin-client satellite boxes from Samsung. The base HPNA 2.0 platform is capable of speeds as high as 32 Mbps, although actual throughputs are lower.