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Panasonic joins with HomePlug for IEEE BPL standard

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance today announced that HomePlug and Panasonic have merged their technical submissions to the IEEE P1901 Work Group for Broadband over Powerline (BPL) to submit a joint proposal.

The merged submission offers a single MAC to support both the HD-PLC and HomePlug AV PHYs. As a result, future products based on the merged P1901 proposal can be fully interoperable with existing HomePlug AV and Panasonic HD-PLC products.

The IEEE P1901 group is developing a communications standard for high-speed powerline devices. The standard will be usable by all classes of high-speed BPL products, including networking devices for the first-mile/last-mile connection to broadband services and consumer products providing in-home networking and multimedia distribution. The IEEE P1901 Work Group is expected to approve a proposal later this year.

D-Link joins MoCA

D-Link yesterday announced its membership in the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA), an open, industry-driven initiative promoting distribution of digital video, data and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home.

D-Link currently has no products with MoCA-compliant features.

HomePNA Alliance adds three members

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The HomePNA Alliance today announced that three more companies have joined. The new members are CAIW, a Dutch cable service provider of television, Internet and radio, Ooma, a VoIP handset and service provider, and Phybridge, a gateway manufacturer.

HomePNA creates, promotes and certifies home networking over existing coax cables and phone wires to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) services like IPTV, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and data.

Belkin quietly kills Pulse product

SmallNetBuilder has learned that Belkin has discontinued its Pulse network monitoring product, which was announced in April. A company spokesperson was not able to provide a specific reason for pulling the product.

Pulse might have been conceived as a natural extension of Belkin's Datacenter product line, which includes cabling, racks and UPS products. But the product never really got into distribution and was quietly cancelled sometime in the past month.

Pulse was based on technology from privately-funded JumpNode Systems, which is based in Minneapolis. JumpNode is actively selling its own version of the product, primarily through resellers.

Updated: Intellon Announces 2nd-gen HomePlug AV Chip

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Intellon yesterday announced the release of its second-generation HomePlug AV powerline communications IC. The INT6300 uses "architectural and design improvements" to deliver enhanced 200 Mbps HomePlug AV performance at a 25% cost savings compared to Intellon's first generation HomePlug AV chipset.

ZyXEL announces ADSL2+ gateway with HomePlug AV

ZyXEL today announced what it claims is the first all-in-one ADSL2+ gateway with built-in HomePlug AV.

The P-660HWP series features a built-in HomePlug AV (HPAV) adapter, providing up to 200 Mbps raw LAN data rate for triple-play services. It supports ADSL2+ speeds up to 24 Mbps as well as Reach-Extended ADSL (RE ADSL) for higher speed at longer distances.

Netgear intros 2-in-1 Powerline Network Extender

Netgear today announced a power adapter with built-in HomePlug 1.0 network interface.

The XEPS103 Space-Saving Powerline Network Extender replaces a router's existing 12V / 1A power adapter and supplies both power to the router or gateway and an 85 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 network connection. The Extender reduces clutter by requiring only one plug to supply both power and a network extension.

Linksys Expands Small-Biz offerings

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Linksys today rolled out a new round of services and products aimed at increasing its share of the small business networking market and forming a tighter bond with parent Cisco's VAR programs.

Along with a new financing program through Wells Fargo and enhancements to its Linksys Partner Connection Program for VARs, two new gigabit smart switches and two new Linksys One Service routers were announced.

Apposite intros gigabit WAN emulators

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Apposite Technologies today announced gigabit versions of its Linktropy network emulators.

The Linktropy 7500 emulates a single wide area network (WAN) link, while the Linktropy 7500 Pro can emulate up to 4 WAN links with an aggregate throughput of 4 Gbps. Both Linktropy models simulate wide-area network links of up to 1 Gbps per link.

Linktropy WAN emulators simulate bandwidth, delay, packet loss, congestion, and other link impairments to emulate terrestrial, internet, wireless, satellite or any other type of wide-area network.

Both the Linktropy 7500 and 7500 Pro come in 1U-sized, rack-mountable chassis, and include both copper and modular fiber/copper Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and browser-based administration.

Pricing for the 7500 starts at $7,500. Shipments of both products will begin next month.

Zyxel expands smart switch line

Zyxel has announced a new smart switch product family that includes two fast Ethernet switches for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).

The ES-1528 offers 28 10/100 ports with features including web administration, 802.1Q VLAN and 802.1p traffic priority support and static port aggregation. Other features include smart ACL (Access Control List), Auto Denial of Service (DoS) Attack Prevention and Auto VoIP QoS optimization.

The ES-1552 offers the same features and functionality of the ES-1528, but has 52 ports.

The ES-1528 is currently available at an MSRP of $289.99. The ES-1552 will start shipping in July 2007. Pricing was not announced.

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