Is Powerline a reliable networking solution?

Is Powerline a reliable networking solution?

The concept of running a network over the mains power cables within the building has been around for over 25 years. Early versions of the Powerline adapters were limited to a slow network speed and did not handle the electrical interference very well. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance (whose standards we support) has over 70 members and more than 200 different products have received the HomePlug certification. Alliance members include Cisco, Motorola, Broadcom, D-Link Systems.

In the last 6 years, network speeds have increased dramatically and each successive chip is better at handling any interference on the mains cable. The Powerline chip used in the Powerline Socket is designed and manufactured by Qualcom, an USA giant chip manufacturer (who used to be known as Atheros and Intellon.) They pride themselves in not only being at the front of the Powerline ratification process (IEEE1901).

See examples of organisations that use the Powerline Sockets in our case studies.