Who needs Wi-Fi when the plug in the wall will do?

Who needs Wi-Fi when the plug in the wall will do?

Summary: Move over Wi-Fi.  Here comes the HomePlug Power Alliance.

TOPICS: Mobility
Move over Wi-Fi.  Here comes the HomePlug Power Alliance.  With new backers such as Intel, Cisco (via Linksys), and Motorola, the group which focuses on setting standards for delivering broadband connectivity via power lines (BPL) could be paving the way for your local electric utility to muscle out your cable or Digital Subscriber Line providers. If the technology works as advertised, it will most certain take the burden off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks to handle the wave of smart appliances that will be showing up in tomorrow's connected home.  It's no wonder the Baby Bell's are reserving 99 percent of their right of way for video services.  Once  the electric companies becomes our ISPs, internet service will be so commoditized that the no one will be able to make any money on it (actually, that's the way it should be, shouldn't it?).

Topic: Mobility

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  • Behind

    We are so far behind the rest of the world, when it comes to
    broadband. Is this really going to help. In Japan, they have
    broadband 20 times the speed we have and for $22 a month.
  • BPL doesn't and won't ever , work

    Violations of the laws of physics are impossible - so BPL is impossible. The radio interference of broadcasting a signal down a long, unshielded cable is too much to overcome. So if you live in a house under powerlines other than cancer, your next biggest headache is your garage door opening and shutting at all hours of the day and night . . .
    Roger Ramjet