New standards set to double home network multimedia transfer speeds

A number of standards have been approved recently that will result in much faster multimedia transfer speeds in home networks, reports PCAdvisor.

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) released its MoCA 2.0 standard, which will offer double the normal speeds for home networks when it comes to transferring video and audio via coaxial cables.

This comes only a few days after the approval of the G.hn standard, which allows transfers of up to 1Gb/s over cables usually designed for other jobs, including speeds of up to 800Mb/s over coaxial cables, although it can also use normal electrical and phone lines. Many people had been setting G.hn up as the universal standard that would be adopted, but MoCA is keen to rain on its parade with this recent announcement.

MoCA 2.0 will have speeds of 400Mb/s in standard mode and 800Mb/s in enhanced mode, up from its 1.0 specification speeds of  200Mb/s. There’s also potential for speeds matching G.hn’s 1Gb/s over fibre-optic lines. 

MoCA claims that its new standard will have a lower packet error rate than G.hn and also has sleep and standby modes for devices connected to a home network, resulting in less power being used.

Meanwhile the HomePlug Powerline Alliance also added to the competition when it announced its new Green PHY standard, aimed at a more eco-friendly use of energy in home nerworks, and is an upgrade of the HomePlug AV standard which many TVs and consumer electronics work on.

With three home network specifications announced or approved within a week it is uncertain that there will be any form of universal standard any time soon.