Phoneline networks utilize the ordinary telephone wiring of a residence or business to carry network communications.
HomePNA phoneline networking has proven much less popular than Wi-Fi or Ethernet alternatives. Phoneline networking products will generally be more difficult to find, and there will be fewer choices of models for this reason.
- HomePNA 2.0 transfers data at up to 10 Mbps. HomePNA 3.0 transfers data at up to 128 Mbps.
For example, downloading a 10 megabyte (MB) photo from the Internet under optimal conditions can take about 8 seconds on a HomePNA 2.0 network and about 1 second on a HomePNA 3.0 network.
- HomePNA uses the existing telephone wiring in your home.
- You don't need hubs or switches to connect more than two computers in a HomePNA network.
- You need a phone jack in each room where you want to have a computer, and all jacks must be on the same phone line.