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Panelists: Quality of Wireless Preventing True In-Home Networking

8 Dec, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

CENTURY CITY, Calif. — The dream for any savvy home electronics enthusiast is a home in which all screens — HDTV, computer, mobile — throughout the house can instantly, wirelessly share and move high-definition video content around.

“Keep dreaming” was the collective message from panelists here at the Television 3.0 conference.

“There’s not going to be a wireless, whole-home solution for a long time,” said Dr. Anton Monk, co-founder and VP of technology for connected home semiconductor company Entropic Communications. He and other panelists agreed that slower American broadband speeds are preventing full realization of instant gaming and high-def video across all rooms and all screens.

“We are way behind the rest of the world in terms of broadband in the home,” said John LeMonchek, president and CEO of wireless semiconductor company SiBeam. “It’s certainly not sufficient to move all this content around. We believe that even WiFi bandwidths to get out of the room are not what the video demands. Wireless, whole home, is going to be a very challenging experience.”

It’s not that multisystem operators (MSOs) don’t want to deliver complete wireless solutions, Monk said, it’s that it will be at least until 2012 before the 200-400 Mbps wireless speeds needed for true wireless home network connectivity is available in the United States.

“If you can start minimizing installation times, you can start saving money,” agreed Rich Nesin, executive director of the HomePNA Alliance, a collection of technology companies that promotes home networking standards.

“Give consumers the ultimate choice in flexibility, any content, any device,” said Leslie Chard, president of Wireless High Definition (WHDI). “Full HD, through the walls, no latency. [Wired] just isn’t a use-case people want. You need a wireless set-up.”


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