Tarry for the Nonce

September 29, 2005

Got a Light?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:43 pm

. . . then get online.

The common electric socket will serve as your home’s connection to broadband with a new chip developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. – doing away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a wireless network device . . .

The technology has been around for some time – including in the United States – but Matsushita’s system is unique in that it delivers fast-speed broadband information at up to 170 megabits per second, which is faster than Ethernet . . .

In the future home envisioned by Matsushita, people will be able to download and watch high-definition movies in any room of the house that has an outlet . . .

A network-connected refrigerator may allow users to connect from a mobile phone or laptop to check whether you’re low on eggs, for example. Or you may want to turn gadgets off or on, such as your washing machine or air-conditioner, from outside the home.

But for now, an adaptor when plugged into an outlet will allow gadgets with Ethernet connections – even those without the Matsushita chip – to receive broadband.



1 Comment

  1. Wow…that’s pretty darn fast compared to the pathetic speeds (2 – 4mb/s) electric-sockets used to get.

    170MB/s? Goodbye ComCrap…hello ComEd. :o)

    That’s even better than DLS’ wireless.

    My problem is, this statement which is faster than Ethernet is correct, but very misleading. The only thing I can think of that is slower than Ethernet are cable modems, DSL, and T1 lines. Suffice it to say, Fast Ethernet and Ethernet are ubiquitous (!) and synonymous now-a-days. Fast Ethernet in its optimal form (ie. Full duplex…which basically means using eight wires to send & receive instead of just four and a switch/intelligent hub) is 200mb/s, which is approximately 30mb/s faster than this technology. Of course, Ethernet can only do 20mb/s, so this sounds like a marketing ploy.

    If I can get ‘broadband’ access @ 170mb/s….well, I’m there, just make sure I can upload @ that speed too. Wonder if its dedicated bandwidth….(although, I doubt it).

    I’m not so sure about Panasonic’s vision. Do you really want someone hacking into your toaster, your fridge, and your tv?!

    The upside is…replacing those gigahertz range wireless devices will probably lower our likelihood of getting cancer, which is always a plus! :o)

    Comment by Andrew P. — September 29, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

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