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Performance and Reliability: Home Network Technology Standard Comparison

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MoCA, HomePlug and Wi-Fi are all home networking standards in common use, and each have different benefits and drawbacks. G.hn, managed by HomeGrid, is also promising to emerge as a fourth home networking standard although it has yet to achieve mass deployment. Each of the governing bodies for each technology makes claims about the performance and reliability at which their technology operates. However, these claims are often out of alignment with what happens in the real world, and many times there is no proof or field test to back it up.

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This paper compares the performance claims by the four home networking standards identified previously. It will identify the sources of the claims, whether tests were conducted to validate these claims, and if the number on the box matches the number actually realized in the home.

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Operators need to know actual data rates in the home and how often these advertised rates can realistically be expected. They cannot design a network topology and forecast bandwidth requirements based on personal opinion or a brochure

How Fast Do These Networks Have To Be?

To accommodate the proliferation of devices and services in the home, including over the top (OTT) and ultra HD, operators are continuously trying to forecast and manage bandwidth requirements, Home networks need to cope with peak loads generated by streaming to and from multiple devices, general increases in internet traffic in and to the hoke, the emergence and adoption of UHD-formatted content, increase home automation and emergence of IoT and advertised WAN or network access speeds, all at the same time.

For example purposes, we offer the following scenario.

First, we identify a home with three TVs (common in the US though not necessarily in all other countries), each with UHD capability.

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