Now here’s something interesting. The Americans are starting to roll out Powerline technology. That basically means being able to run your computers and stuff across a network by using standard electricity plugs in the wall. This is interesting because it could complement wireless networks in the home nicely. As the article says you’d use the plugs to hook up your stationary stuff like PCs, and use wireless to hook up laptops and PDAs. The best of both worlds.
The top speed at the moment looks to be around 6 Mbps, which is half Wi-Fi throughput, but that will increase, and it’s still enough to get a reasonable response across a network. Roll on real plug and play I say.