By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
Have you ever made a dumb mistake? When I see product announcements like this one from HomePNA member EXFO I am reminded (once again) that we should have changed the name of HomePNA to something else - like HPNA (one suggestion was to change the name from HomePNA to “To Wall” since that's what many of the connectors that attach to HomePNA networks are labeled).
EXFO’s AXS-200/635 is, in their words, “the ideal choice for network operators, since a single unit includes 30 MHz, single-ended wideband copper testing to fully validate broadband deployments as well as voice, data and proven IPTV analysis/testing capabilities over established DSL, Ethernet and HPNA links.” There’s that HPNA again.
So whether you call it HomePNA or HPNA we’re pleased that there is another certified solution available to service providers. The anecdotal evidence about the importance of testing during triple-play installation continues to roll in. Testing is the best way to identify problems - such as poor coax connectors that may have been adequate for analog cable service but don’t make the cut for digital services like digital cable service or HomePNA - and HomePNA's protocol was designed to facilitate in-home testing. Better to replace that connector today and avoid the service call tomorrow.