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HomeRF Working Group Unveils Faster Standard for Multimedia Wireless Networks

The HomeRFx Working Group, a non-profit organization consisting of industry leading companies with a common goal of designing the premier wireless networking solutions for the home, officially ratified HomeRF 2.0, its eagerly awaited 10 Mbps (Megabits per Second) wideband frequency-hopping specification. The new version of HomeRF technology is optimized for high-speed wireless home networking allowing users to create multimedia networks that include computers, telephones, and audio/visual equipment. Members of the HomeRF Working Group will demonstrate new technology based on the HomeRF 2.0 standard for the first time publicly at CONNECTIONS 2001 and Networld+Interop 2001 next week.

HomeRF 2.0, which operates at data rates of up to 10 Mbps, is the first wireless standard to fully meet all the requirements of home users, and is the only standard to support toll-quality voice. HomeRF 2.0 users can integrate voice, data and streaming media capabilities across a wide range of HomeRF devices for work and play, including phones, PDAs, PCs and a growing number of music and television devices. Home users further benefit from HomeRF technology because it avoids common household interference from microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices and neighborsx networks.

xHomeRF 2.0 is a leap forward for wireless networking technology. By combining faster data, voice and streaming media, HomeRF will satisfy home users who demand networks for both productivity and entertainment,x said Kurt Scherf, vice president of research at Parks Associates, a market research and consulting firm located in Dallas. Designed with the home user in mind, HomeRF devices are easy to operate, inexpensive and have sufficient range for residential uses. xUnlike other solutions available on the market, HomeRF is the only specification designed from the ground up to meet the unique needs of the home environment,x says Ken Haase, general chair of the HomeRF Working Group. “Home networking is more than just sharing an internet connection to browse the Web or check email. It is also about providing reliable high-quality broadband telephony service to the couch, streaming movies to PCs located anywhere in the home, delivering music directly from your PC to your stereo system, and more.”

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