Home Networking Guide : Phoneline Networking

A HomePNA network doesn't disrupt an existing telephone service because HomePNA occupies higher frequencies in the phoneline spectrum. And if you subscribe to dial-up or ADSL Internet access service, the service can run simultaneously with the HomePNA network. If you have multiple phone numbers, your HomePNA network must run over phoneline with the same telephone number. Even if you don't have a telephone number (in other words, you have an inactive phoneline), you still can run HomePNA network over your home telephone cable.

HomePNA standard version 2.0 supports data rate of up to 32 Mbps (or 10 Mbps effective on most HPNA adapters). While the newest standard HomePNA 3.0 has maximum data rate of up to 128 Mbps and can be extended up to 240 Mbps. Maximum distance between two HPNA adapters is 1000 feet (300 meters). Maximum number of nodes in HomePNA network is 25. If your house has a wall phone jack in every room, then HomePNA is a practical choice for your home networking solution.

What Do I Need?
1. Home phoneline with or without telephone number.
2. Wall phone jack with RJ-11 female connector, one for each computer.
3. HomePNA (HPNA) adapter, one for each computer.
4. Y-connector (phone splitter) if you want to connect a telephone to the same wall jack and the HPNA adapter has no pass-through connector.
5. Telephone cable with RJ-11 male connectors, one for each computer and telephone.
6. USB cable, one for each computer if the HPNA adapter connects via USB port.

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