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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 892628, 20 pages
Research Article

An Overview of the HomePlug AV2 Technology

1Qualcomm Atheros, 203 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, FL 34470, USA
2Broadcom Corporation, Llacuna 56–70, 8th Floor, Building A, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
3DORA S.p.A., STMicroelectronics Group, Via Lavoratori Vittime del Col Du Mont 28, 11100 Aosta, Italy
4Marvell Semiconductors, 5488 Marvell lane, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA
5Orange Labs Networks, 2 Avenue Pierre Marzin, 22300 Lannion, France
6STMicroelectronics S.r.l., Via Olivetti 2, 20864 Agrate Brianza, Italy
7Sony, Hedelfinger Straße 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany

Received 3 August 2012; Accepted 21 November 2012

Academic Editor: Andrea M. Tonello

Copyright © 2013 Larry Yonge et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


HomePlug AV2 is the solution identified by the HomePlug Alliance to achieve the improved data rate performance required by the new generation of multimedia applications without the need to install extra wires. Developed by industry-leading participants in the HomePlug AV Technical Working Group, the HomePlug AV2 technology provides Gigabit-class connection speeds over the existing AC wires within home. It is designed to meet the market demands for the full set of future in-home networking connectivity. Moreover, HomePlug AV2 guarantees backward interoperability with other HomePlug systems. In this paper, the HomePlug AV2 system architecture is introduced and the technical details of the key features at both the PHY and MAC layers are described. The HomePlug AV2 performance is assessed, through simulations reproducing real home scenarios.