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DEVOLO AG is a German manufacturer of networking solution based in Aachen. According to the company, they are the driving force in Germany in the area of PowerLAN home interconnection over the mains and they are the worldwide market leader in this segment.
The main business of DEVOLO are their dLAN product range (Direct Local Area Network) for data transmission via the in-house powerline/ mains and coaxial cabling. With that, one can easily built up Ethernet based networks for internet access, IPTV streaming, WiFi repeater solutions and others.
Further areas of business of DEVOLO are the sales of powerline adapter for internet service provider as well as products for powerline communication (PLC) in the area of utility networks, the Smart Grid. Beside that DEVOLO offers PLC integration modules according to the HomePlug Green PHY standard, which can be integrated into appropriate products.
With a market share of 70% in Germany, 50% in Europe and about 30% worldwide DEVOLO has a market leading position in the segment of PLC products.
Products for professional customers
- dLAN GreenPHY: Beside the conventional powerline consumer adapters DEVOLO does offer integration modules based on HomePlug Green Phy standard. HomePlug Green Phy provides lower data rate connectivity for control in Smart Home, Smart Grid and building automation systems. It is used in eMobility applications as well for communication between the electro vehicle and the charging station.
- dLAN PROFESSIONAL provides communication over the mains as well as over coax and twisted pair cables. While consumer PLC networks are limited to 8 adapter professional installations do allow use of up to 64 adapter in parallel. The integration of TR-069 protocol (= CPE WAN Management Protocol) gives the possibility to remote manage and control the adapter. For this DEVOLO offers a dedicated remote management software.
- dLAN Access: Since 2011 DEVOLO does develop PLC solutions in the narrow band area, in the frame if the European research and development program DLC VIT4IP as well as in the frame of the SPIDER consortium beside others. In doing so the need for a permanent data communication within the Smart Grid is in focus. Together with Vattenfalls businiess unit Europe Metering DEVOLO has developed a extensive test installation in Hamburg-Bramfeld.
Out of the DEVOLO product portfolio, CODICO distributes the dLAN GreenPHY integration modules only together with the associated development board.
End customer products
- dLAN: the DEVOLO-PowerLAN product lines dLAN 200, dLAN 500, dLAN 650 and dLAN 1200
- dLAN WiFi: The WiFi Move Technology is based on multiple WLAN Access Points in the house connected together via Powerline to a network and with that provide WLAN access everywhere. The Powerline-WLAN Adapter built up a common WLAN and the mobile devices always connect to the access point with the highest available transmit power.
- dLAN TV SAT for transmission of Satellite TV signal over the powerline. Here the LNB is connected to a PLC equipped satellite receiver. The Satellite TV signal is distributed throughout the house and can be taken from any mains outlet for use in set top box, router - to go wireless, computer, etc.. In the beginning DEVOLO worked according a proprietary standard; today's generation of LAN TV SAT products are compliant to the SAT>IP standard