Despite exponential growth in recent years, the smart home video security market is not without its challenges. As competition increases, manufacturers are looking for new ways to differentiate their products with high-quality media streaming, motion detection and other enhancements.

One of the biggest opportunities for differentiation is by making video security solutions easier to deploy. Conventional technologies like WiFi and Ethernet come with added installation costs and headaches, which can be frustrating for both customers and support teams. WiFi-based solutions may require the purchase of range extenders and even then may suffer from latency and reliability issues. Ethernet, meanwhile, adds significant installation costs, often requiring professional installers.

That’s why smart home device manufacturers are increasingly turning to broadband powerline (BPL) solutions, like HD-PLC. Based on IEEE 1901 and ITU G.9905, HD-PLC is an international standard for high-speed, long-range communication over any wire. HD-PLC is the smart alternative to WiFi for DIY Video-Doorbells and other security devices, such as Video-Floodlight cameras, in-home security cameras and sensors, as well as other cloud-based voice service platforms.

Plug-and-Play Upgrades for Modern Video Doorbells

Traditionally, home security systems rely on closed-circuit television. With the expansion of the home automation market, customers are looking for more robust digital monitoring solutions like video doorbells.

Video doorbell designers can choose between wireline or wireless communication technologies. As mentioned above, WiFi-enabled devices may suffer from receiver sensitivity and low-phase noise, which makes video streaming less efficient in areas with poor reception. 

An ideal smart home video doorbell solution should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Installation simplicity that saves time and budget
  • Network stability, fast, and secure
  • Higher bandwidth for video transmission

With the smart home market evolving by the day, it’s important to design applications that go beyond today’s requirements and deliver the functionality and compatibility required for the next generation.

MegaChips’ HD-PLC System-on-Chip (SoC) gives you a true plug-and-play solution that delivers broadband speeds. Your customers will enjoy faster, easier installation, rock-solid reliability, wider coverage, and increased security.  The small form factor is weatherproof and offers higher thermal efficiency.

With HD-PLC, there’s no need to drill into walls or rip and pull wires. Your customers can easily set up and configure their DIY security system. And you’ll spend less money helping frustrated consumers troubleshoot WiFi connection issues.

HD-PLC makes whole-home broadband network upgrades a breeze for your DIY category of home security products.

Design Smarter Video Doorbells with HD-PLC SoC

MegaChips’ HD-PLC SoC is the perfect solution for modern smart security systems. Employing the latest broadband technologies, it delivers reliable high-speed, bidirectional, IP-based communications over AC and DC power lines, coax, and twisted-pair.

HD-PLC is well capable of delivering high-definition video, Internet, and other large streams of data covering the whole house, making it ideal for all your smart security applications. Connection speeds are fast and reliable over existing power line networks inside the home. It operates well in noisy environments, and over both the standard and AFCI breakers typical of a residential house.

Megabit Speeds: Capable of delivering speeds up to 240Mbps over any wire, MegaChips’ HD-PLC makes it easy to upgrade standard doorbells to new smart video doorbells. Your customers will enjoy lag-free security wherever they are. Without replacing a single wire. 

No Interference: HD-PLC solves the problems inherent to PLC by applying orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) broadband communication. Based on multicarrier modulation, the signal is sent through several adjacent channels so that the subcarriers overlap and are independent of one another. Connected devices circumvent narrowband interferers, group delays, jammer signals, impulsive noise, and frequency-selective attenuations.

Increase Bandwidth: HD-PLC also employs forward error correction (FEC) to send data over a variable time period and provide an error check that the data received is correct. Your device can operate at higher frequencies to achieve a better channel for communication on power lines.

Built-in IPv6 Support: HD-PLC uses IPv6 multicasting so you don’t need to install new wiring to support the bandwidth required by network cameras. Using existing wiring infrastructure helps simplify the deployment while creating bigger networks, and increasing throughput for video transmission.

Fast & Easy Installation: Offers the convenience of mesh networking with support for any topology (bus, daisy chain, star, etc.). This eliminates the complexities of network planning and commissioning, allowing end-users to integrate the new video doorbell system into the IP network by simply plugging in and powering the devices.

Ethernet-to-Anything Bridging: Simple bridging enables system convergence. HD-PLC supports twisted-pair, coax, Ethernet, power and even phone lines, so no modifications are needed for broadband applications. It includes on-chip powerline-to-WiFi bridging, making it easy to integrate devices like video doorbells into the rest of the smart home network, providing a convenient starting point for a robust security system.

Overall, HD-PLC offers high-definition video, Internet, and other large streams of data covering the whole house making it ideal for all your smart security applications.

To learn more about HD-PLC advantages and performance, download our applications brief.