Chip Company Rolls Out Home-Networking Technology
The products will deliver 802.11n, Ethernet, and powerline connectivity all from a single device, such as a router, according to PCMag.com.
The company’s hybrid solutions combine the benefits of the most popular global networking standards: IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi), IEEE 1901 (HomePlug AV) and IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet).
Atheros is launching four new reference designs, including a router and three adapters that use various combinations of its XSPAN wireless LAN, AMP powerline, and ETHOS Ethernet technologies.
These devices will extend broadband connectivity throughout a home, even in areas that may be out of range with a typical wireless router.
Consumers will also be able to access streamed-media content from anywhere within a home plus integrated software.
For service providers, the dual connectivity multiplies bandwidth, which means greater total capacity. Hybrid devices for service providers will feature carrier-grade intelligence to analyze, prioritize and manage traffic.
The most immediate effects of hybrid networking in homes will be complete coverage and the ability to have a greater number of gadgets and devices connected to a home network.