HomePlug, MoCA focus efforts on home networking space

Consumer demand for networked broadband residential devices such as TVs, DVRs and computers is spurring activity by a pair of organizations with different ways of delivering that connectivity.

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, which, of course, uses power lines to transmit data, said that chipset vendors Atheros Communications, Gigle Networks and SPiDCOM Technologies will participate in its second silicon vendor plugfest for interoperability and compliance testing for the HomePlug AV specification in Tours, France as part of what the organization calls "the industry's largest broadband speed powerline testing and certification program."

On the other side of the wall, MoCA, which believes in the power of coax as a de facto transmission method, has expanded its horizons by joining the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (more easily identified as CEDIA). Already part of the installation process for cable and telco service providers, CEDIA will allow MoCA to get into homes "via a recognized and professional organization of installers and integrators" via an after-market installation force. "Retrofit environments are a key strategy for an ESC (electronic system contractors) company," said Mike Ehlenberger, chair of MoCA's emerging markets task force.

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