Atheros Using Wi-Fi And Powerline For "Internet Of Things" Expansion - HotHardware
Atheros Using Wi-Fi And Powerline For "Internet Of Things" Expansion

Atheros Using Wi-Fi And Powerline For "Internet Of Things" Expansion

We're living in a connected world, and it's only growing more inter-connected by the day. Atheros Communications is eager to be a part of that expansion, and this week they've announced their HomePlug Green PHY development kit as part of its new ‘Internet of Things’ portfolio aimed at connecting hundreds, if not thousands, of IP addressable devices in the home. We've heard the whole "Internet of things" bit before elsewhere, and it's growing into quite the meme. Using Wi-Fi and HomePlug Green PHY powerline technologies, Atheros’ portfolio will enable scalable IP infrastructures for smart grid, smart home, building automation, remote health and wellness monitoring, and other machine-to-machine applications.

The Atheros PL-14 HPGP development kit consists of a hardware platform based on existing HomePlug AV silicon, adapted to support serial peripheral interface (SPI) ports enabling connectivity to a vast family of low-cost and low-energy microcontrollers (MCUs), as well as an emulation firmware and software driver with application programming interfaces (APIs) to support future Atheros Green PHY products. By accurately emulating a Green PHY environment, the development kit enables Atheros customers to evaluate the technology's capabilities and develop application software for "Internet of Things" product families focused on smart grid and smart energy.


The PL-14 HPGP development kit is the first in a series of products within the Atheros Internet of Things product portfolio, which includes standards-based wired and wireless technologies to enable scalable IP infrastructures for smart grid, smart home, security, building automation, remote health and wellness monitoring, and other machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. HomePlug has had a pretty tough go of it, but maybe now the timing if finally right for it to explode. We still think some market consolidation is needed before whole home automation becomes mainstream, but hey, we aren't going to complain should it happen.
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This is pretty interesting really. Of course I know I have said that before as have most of you. The thing is though is it would be cool to have control of your house from a mobile platform. You can turn down the heat or AC, turn on the lights in rooms when not home, check your burglar alarm or be notified by it, check cameras, record a movie and on and on. I was also interested in that new D-Link router that does Ethernet, WiFi, and Powerline networking all in one. I know these things have been around in singular applications, but it seems now to be converging. Plus if you can save money every month by regulating your utilities etc you can use it to buy new hardware right :)

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This is certainly coming to fruition. The one thing about it is if you are getting internet access over the powerlines in the home have to be wired the same way and correctly. If any of the plugs are wired with the polarity backwards they still work but the networking over them won't work right. So this is really going to be for newer homes only.

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