Technology Comparison

The table below compares the four home networking technologies described previously, identifying some of the important factors to consider in selecting a solution:

Phoneline Powerline Ethernet Wireless
Speed 100 Kbit/s – 10 Mbit/s 50 Kbit/s – 350 Kbit/s 10 Mbit/s – 100 Mbit/s 700 Kbit/s – 11 Mbit/s
Advantages Convenient, simple (no new wires), secure Convenient, simple (no new wires) Fastest, most secure and reliable Convenient, mobile, simple (no wires), secure
Requirements Need computers and peripherals near phone jacks on the same phoneline Need computers and peripherals near power outlets on the same power circuit Requires Ethernet (Category 3 or 5) cabling; best in new home installations or remodels Network components must be within a 250-foot range
Best use Ideal for shared Internet access, file sharing and peripheral sharing; good for home gaming Good for low-bandwidth applications such as home security and control Ideal for home gaming, home offices and shared Internet access Ideal for laptops, desktops and handheld connected organisers inside and outside home or small office where mobility is required; great for shared Internet access; good for home gaming