Intel to offer home networking products

Intel said today it will release home networking products in the U.S. next quarter that will allow consumers to link together two or more personal computers using existing telephone wiring.

The world's largest microprocessor manufacturer joins a bevy of companies planning to offer such products in 1999. With both available bandwidth and the number of multiple-PC homes on the increase, analysts say the home networking market could begin to take off this year.

Intel said its products will allow consumers to connect two or more computers together so they can simultaneously share Internet access, printers, documents, and play multi-user computer games.

The products will operate at one megabit per second (Mbps) -- about 20 times as fast as today's 56Kbps modems -- and will include hardware and software based on specifications being developed by the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA).

More information can be found at Intel's home networking Web site at http://www.intel.com/home/network/. Intel Australia has yet to announce when these new products will be available in Australia.

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James Niccolai

PC World

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