HomePNA® (HPNA) is the marketing name for ITU-T Recommendation G.9954, and is the leading standard and technology used for transferring Internet Protocol (IP) content across existing coax cables or phone wires in the home. The main goal of HomePNA® is to enable consumers to access, store, and share a wide variety of content around the home without having to install new wiring. This includes broadband data, HD programs, video-on-demand (VOD), multi-room HD DVR recordings, voice over IP (VoIP), and streaming of HD video, music, and photos.
The concept behind HomePNA® is straightforward. Simply connect the first HomePNA® enabled device to any available phone jack or coax outlet and the other HomePNA® devices to other phone jacks or coax outlets and you are good to go. Every phone jack or every coax outlet becomes a connectivity point which enables the extension of the home AV network to every room in the house.
HomePNA® is capable of data rates up to 320 Mbps (payload rates up to 200 Mbps), more than enough for the delivery of rich multimedia content distribution around the home, and it provides ample headroom for future applications. It can coexist with broadband and narrowband services (xDSL, TV, telephone, etc.) on the same wire, and delivers prioritized and parameterized QoS for better quality of experience results.