HomeGrid Forum Member devolo Launches G.hn-based devolo Magic

HomeGrid Forum’s newest industry member devolo, a provider of powerline networking solutions in Europe, recently showcased its new ‘devolo Magic’ range of G.hn-based, Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi products at IBC2018 in Amsterdam. devolo’s products were displayed as part of fellow HomeGrid Forum member MaxLinear’s presence at IBC2018.

The two companies recently partnered for an innovative new line of G.hn powerline products for carriers. They enable a double-digit increase in data rates compared to current technologies and are optimised for very low latency and packet loss to serve demanding applications such as IPTV and online video gaming.

Dr Len Dauphinee, HomeGrid Forum President, commented: “The devolo team are true innovators, focusing on support for high-performance applications including whole-home Wi-Fi and IPTV. G.hn is a highly reliable in-home technology capable of meeting today’s requirements. We are immensely proud to have approved these devices at the HGF and I’d urge anyone attending IBC to visit MaxLinear’s stand to see what this partnership has produced.”

The HGF-approved devolo Magic range uses second-generation G.hn chips for the first time. The chips provide a significant increase in performance and improve stability and range. The new devolo Magic adapters can handle line lengths of up to 500 metres, allowing them to easily convert any power socket into a high-speed internet access point.

Heiko Harbers, CEO of devolo AG, said: “Using Powerline as the backbone technology offers huge potential as the signal does not get blocked by ceilings or walls. With this new Powerline generation based on G.hn architecture, we are advancing into an entirely new performance dimension.”

Currently the fastest Powerline products on the market, it is particularly effective for the use of video applications. Transmission of multiple 4K and up to 8K videos is easier and the products can also deal effortlessly with virtual reality applications and maximum-speed online games that take considerable amounts of data to run. As well as this, cloud-based applications for customers working out of home offices are also more stable and secure.

Harbers continued: “All devolo Magic series adapters offer top-level Mesh-Wi-Fi, coming equipped with new and improved functions. ‘Fast Roaming’ ensures all Wi-Fi clients, such as smartphones and tablets, are always connected to the strongest hotspot. This is especially important when people move from room to room with their mobile devices. ‘Config Sync’ allows the router’s Wi-Fi configuration data to be transferred with ease to all access points.”

In addition, the devolo Magic series’ new ‘Airtime Fairness’ feature processes the requests of fast Wi-Fi clients at higher priority. This prevents older devices, which may require more time for a download, from creating Wi-Fi bottlenecks. Integrated ‘Band Steering’ ensures all clients are automatically assigned to the best wireless channel and the optimum frequency.

devolo Magic 2 Wi-Fi is a high-end model, equipped with two Gigabit LAN ports and fast IEEE  802.11ac Wi-Fi with Mesh functionality. devolo Magic 2 LAN offers one Gigabit port for connecting smart TVs, streaming boxes or gaming consoles to the network with an ethernet cable.

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