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Adapter does 200Mbps networking via AC wiring

May 17, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 17 views

Actiontec Electronics has released its next-generation powerline networking kit based on the HomePlug AV standard for distributing large multimedia and data files around the home without Ethernet cabling. “MegaPlug AV” adapters can network computers, set-top boxes, and other devices at 200Mbps over existing home electrical wiring, according to the company.

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According to Actiontec, use of the latest HomePlug AV technology enables throughput speeds that are more than twice as fast as the previous generation of HomePlug technology — “at least double that of 802.11g wireless connectivity,” and approaching wired-Ethernet levels. As a result, the network is suitable for high-speed transfer of data files as well as HDTV programs, movies, or other rich media. In addition, the new HomePlug standard provides enhanced 128-bit AES security, the company says.

Each MegaPlug AV kit comes with two Ethernet adapters that can be used either to build a new home network or to extend an existing network to areas of the house that are difficult to reach with Ethernet cabling or wireless signals. One adapter is needed for each device to be networked.

Setting up the network, according to Actiontec, is simple — users simply plug one MegaPlug AV adapter into a power outlet near the broadband home router, plug the other into a power outlet near the PC or other Ethernet-equipped device, and connect both the router and the device to the respective adapters with the Ethernet cables included in the package. Each adapter measures 2.25 x 3.25 x 2 inches, making it small enough to be used without interfering with adjacent sockets, according to the company.

In addition to the two adapters and Ethernet cables, each kit includes a quick start guide, an installation CD, a user manual CD, and instructions for changing the encryption key.

The adapters are compatible with any wired- or wireless-broadband router or gateway and any PC, regardless of OS, the company says.

The Kit can be purchased from the company's website for about $170.

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