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Chapter 6. Powerline-Based Home Networks > INARI POWERLINE NETWORKING TECHNOLOG...

INARI POWERLINE NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY

Inari was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Draper, Utah. Inari (formerly Intelogis) is a leading developer of powerline networking technologies. The company's core technology, which transmits high-speed digital signals over existing AC electrical wiring, was developed by its engineers while the company was part of Novell's Embedded Systems Technology (NEST) division. As a product company, Inari became well known for its PassPort Plug-in Network home networking product. Today Inari is focussing its efforts on providing powerline chipsets to modem, gateway, and network interface card vendors as well as to OEM partners in the consumer electronics marketplace. The next section of this guide will describe the technical architecture of Inari's powerline networking technologies.

Inari Technical Architecture

Today, Internet access is a paramount concern for customers in the home and home-office market segment. Over 76.5 million homes in the United States have an Internet connection and that number is growing exponentially. As mentioned earlier, an even more interesting fact is that approximately 20 million homes have two or more computers competing for time on the Internet. These factors have driven the current demand for the ability to simultaneously share a single Internet connection within the home. Close on the heels of the Internet fascination will be the convergence of home entertainment and the home network. Technologies such as browsing the Internet from your TV or downloading your favorite songs off the Web are intriguing, yet they have not managed to fully capture the attention or appetite of the home consumer. While the computing industry might have not yet hit on the right product offering, most technology pundits agree that one of the next great crazes will deal with distribution of streaming video and audio data in the home. Experts also agree that once the challenges of streaming data have been overcome and become widely accepted by consumers in the home that the door will open for the home automation market. For home automation to succeed, networking technology needs to not only be inexpensive, but it has to reach a level of simplicity that non-computer users can implement and use. Streaming data solutions that enable voice activated control of home appliances will go a long way to achieve the necessary levels of simplicity. All of the above factors point to the conclusion that decreasing networking technology costs and availability of requisite networking technologies will drive the home and small business network market segment through three general stages of evolution:


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