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How It Works

Powerline networking relies on a specification developed by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance that enables data to be carried over the electrical system, in conjunction with electrical power, by using signal processing techniques to remove noise and maintain the quality of the data signal. The presence of the data signal on the line has no effect on the electrical service.

The HomePlug 1.0 specification, released in 2001, provides a data rate of 14 Mbps and supports products for gaming, consumer electronics, voice telephony, and personal computing. The group has already conducted field trials in 500 homes within the United States and has confirmed that the specification is ready for market rollout. The next steps will be the introduction of further HomePlug-compliant products from its member companies and continued work to ensure product compatibility.


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