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  1. On a marginally-related note, stumbling through that site reminded me to stumble back to and watch how much is not-happening over there. (I guess the cool kids dig HomePlug these days; what I’ve liked about PNA is that you can ‘secure’ your segment with a simple DSL filter between the premise and the outside world. Or did someone come up with a convenient solution for strong crypto on 802.11 without point-to-point tunneling and the associated bandwidth waste?)

    Anyhow, PNA 2.0 support has been limited to Windows and MacOS, presumably through some combination of Broadcom proprietarism (them being the manufacturer of the chipset on roughly every 2.0 card ever produced), and the 2.0 spec defining a link-layer that is above, beyond, and presumably more patent/license-encumbered than ethernet and the usual standards.

    However, today’s dig scrapes up what might be alternative hardware:

    Doubt this solves the link-layer problem, and I’ve no idea who’s actually *used* the chipset in hardware, but I figured I’d drop the meme off, just in case.

    [If anyone reads this and wonders what you *can* do, AMD-based 1.0 / 1.1 cards work fine under FreeBSD and presumably DBSD; you’re just stuck around 1mbit, and force any 2.0 devices on the segment down to similar speeds whenever the 1.x device is powered. 2.0 bridges exist but are ridiculously overpriced; Panasonic KX-HGW200s and most 2Wire routers serve the purpose for less off eBay, though it feels silly to waste a whole ‘router’ per drop. Hey, sometimes you don’t want to drill holes in your floors.]

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