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"It's a snap to set up. Most importantly, it does the job without having to run new wiring all over your house."

"I'm getting speeds as if I
was connected straight to the modem."

"I'm in a 4,000 sq ft house that's over 60 years old, and these things still fly!"

"I'm getting a reliable 60 Mbps of actual file transfer speed. I consider this quite good, as I'm in a 1960s house with aluminum wiring, the two ends on different circuits, across a phase boundary, over a linear circuit distance of 350 feet."

"Our home was built in 1968 with metal lathe and thick plaster throughout. Prior to these devices, we could not find signal in our bedroom from the router in the opposite end of the house. Upon installation, the network was immediately visible and functioning... and has not so much as hiccuped since."

Visit the HomePlug website at www.homeplug.org for more information, including how to join the Alliance & to see the full list of HomePlug Certified products.


With the new year, I am excited by the continuing growth in adoption of HomePlug technology and by our strong outlook for 2013. One exciting trend to note is the growth of HomePlug products in retail channels worldwide. Retailers are increasing their promotions of HomePlug products in their brick and mortar and online outlets, and consumers are realizing the benefits of using HomePlug for their online gaming, media streaming and internet connectivity needs. And, of course, HomePlug continues to be a preferred solution by many service providers for enabling their online applications in consumers' homes.
As we move into 2013, we are increasing our efforts around hybrid home networking (IEEE 1905.1), gigabit-class networking (HomePlug AV2), and Smart Energy Applications (HomePlug Green PHY & Netricity PLC/IEEE P1901.2).
I look forward to working with HomePlug members in another groundbreaking year for HomePlug technology and products.
          ~Rob Ranck, HomePlug Alliance president

Online Webinar

On December 6, 2012, HomePlug presented our HomePlug Update Webinar. The presentation included an ecosystem and market overview as well as summaries of the new technologies that HomePlug is supporting and releasing during the next year.

In case you missed it, click here to view the presentation.

Recent Highlights and Upcoming Events

HomePlug Alliance Marketing Name Change

HomePlug recently updated the Alliance's marketing name from "HomePlug Powerline Alliance" to "HomePlug Alliance." The primary motivations for this name change are:

  • The HomePlug brand has become an important industry validation of reliability for powerline networking products and promotes market awareness, interoperability and quality. De-emphasizing "powerline" helps promote the HomePlug brand as synonymous with powerline (similar to how Wi-Fi has become synonymous with wireless LANs).
  • Since HomePlug Alliance is now actively supporting technologies such as IEEE 1905.1 for hybrid networking and the Smart Energy Profile 2 (SEP 2.0) application layer, removing powerline from the marketing name was deemed a logical step.

We encourage HomePlug members to use our new Alliance marketing name and logo to indicate your HomePlug membership on your website and in collateral. Here's a link to updated Alliance logo usage information:


The HomePlug certification mark remains unchanged and, as always, you are encouraged to continue using it in conjunction with your HomePlug Certified products as a validation of performance, reliability and interoperability.

HomePlug Highlights Certification and Interoperability at CES 2013

CES 2013HomePlug enjoyed a successful CES 2013 January 8-11 in Las Vegas, NV. We shared a booth with our partners in hybrid networking: DLNA, MoCA and Wi-Fi Alliance. The connected home TechZone was located in South Hall 1, booth number 20300, and included meeting spaces and a public demonstration area showcasing the connections for the connected home. HomePlug was pleased to also showcase an interoperability demo in our meeting space, where devices from our 4 chipset manufacturers (Broadcom, Mstar, Qualcomm Atheros and Sigma Designs) were shown working together on the same network.

With a certification test bed consisting of 7 difference HomePlug AV chipsets, service providers and consumers can be confident the HomePlug Certified logo truly does stand for performance and interoperability. Over 300 products have been HomePlug Certified and well over 100 million HomePlug products are in the market as a result of retail sales and service provider deployments.

Read our full press release for further information.

Coming Up - Smart Energy Summit

Parks Smart Energy SummitHomePlug is a supporter of the upcoming Smart Energy Summit. Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer examines the expanding market for energy solutions and home controls and its impact on utilities, service providers, retailers, manufacturers, and consumers. The fourth-annual Smart Energy Summit will take place February 25-27, 2013, at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. At this annual conference, Parks Associates analysts, media, and industry leaders evaluate new partnerships, strategies for consumer engagement, and deployment plans for energy and management solutions in the connected home. For further information, please visit www.smartenergysummit2013.com.

Hybrid Home Networking at IFA Showstoppers in Berlin

IFA Showstoppers event in BerlinHomePlug Alliance and devolo shared a sponsorship at IFA Showstoppers held in Berlin last September. IFA is global consumer electronics and home appliances tradeshow.
In addition to meeting with a number of press and analysts, HomePlug and devolo held demonstrations of hybrid home networking. Rob Ranck was also interviewed during the show for the radio show "Into Tomorrow" with Dave Graveline. The interview can be viewed here.
Our presence at this show was a testament to HomePlug's strong and growing adoption in the European market.

Promoting Events

Are you aware of a HomePlug related event you would like us to feature on the HomePlug website? If so, please let us know, and we'll work with you to get it posted. Contact christine.hamilton@homeplug.org.

In the News

HomePlug Alliance Congratulates IEEE P1901.2 Working Group on Reaching Draft Standard Milestone
HomePlug Accelerates Development of Interoperability and Certification Programs for Netricity PLC

January 29, 2013 - HomePlug Alliance (www.homeplug.org), the world's leading industry group for powerline networking, congratulates the IEEE P1901.2 Working Group on its letter ballot approval of the draft standard for Low-Frequency Narrow-Band Powerline Communications (P1901.2). The Working Group is meeting this week in Munich, Germany to prepare the draft standard for the next steps in the standards approval process.
As the certification and marketing program for the upcoming 1901.2 standard, Netricity PLC will leverage the HomePlug Alliance's long established programs and members' expertise in testing and certifying powerline networking products for this new narrowband technology ideal for grid-to-utility meter and other outside-the-home applications.
Read our full press release for further information.
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