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Article: Understanding the Connected Home by James Gardiner - Power Ethernet

The Connected Home is potentially the next big technology revolution and could dramatically change many aspects of our daily lives.

For many people, doing the weekly shop, watching TV on demand or using the Internet to make telephone calls has become second nature, but it doesn’t stop there. As technology advances, so the range of connected devices increases from entertainment to education, home automation and security to healthcare. We can now interact with our governments, control our energy use and measure our energy consumption through devices such as smart meters.

The devices and services which make up the connected home are either already available or being developed, so will ultimately arrive in everyone’s home. The challenge is to ensure people can get the most out of them by providing a joined-up, robust network in which all these services can be delivered but where consumers keep control of the network, their devices and data.  It is here that  Power Ethernet’s Powerline networking solution becomes essential; the system uses existing wiring already available in every room -- the mains power wiring -- to send and receive the data, without the need for additional expensive dedicated cabling or a reliance on WiFi, providing the network backbone of the Connected Home.

In some cases, structured CAT5/6 network cabling can be disruptive to fit and extending existing networks can be costly. Similarly, WiFi is fundamentally limited in its coverage and performance capabilities as a result of building materials and interference from other networks. Powerline technology provides a solution as it can be retrofitted into homes as well as incorporated into new build developments. With dedicated software to assign password security, Powerline can offer a robust and secure backbone for a smarter home.

Power Ethernet’s Integrated Powerline solution is so easy to use, that a secure Ethernet network is instantly created by simply replacing two or more existing 2 gang sockets with the Powerline Sockets.

For the client there is an aesthetic consideration as the socket integrates seamlessly into the design of the building. In fact, Powerline Sockets incorporates the Qualcomm/Atheros Powerline chipsets to create a reliable network in any room via the mains cable.

So, whether in a child’s bedroom where there is a link to a games console, the Smart TV in the living room, or the computer in the home office, it’s possible to achieve a truly integrated and effective solution.

Furthermore, the Powerline solution features advanced network functionality including advanced Quality of Service (QoS), multicast and combines with a stylish design, to optimise energy usage; automatically switching to power save mode for reduced consumption when not in use.

While the home of the future is continually redefined, the need for on-going innovative solutions today remains a constant. Powerline Sockets integrate flexibility, network performance and aesthetics into a single solution and is a significant step towards facilitating the smart home or building of the future. The construction industry has an important part to play in the coming years and Powerline is one example of how we can achieve a simple and secure networking solution for the future.