January 25, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Powerline networking is still going strong. Cisco is hoping to give the technology a nice boost (literally) with three new Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline products.
Each one of the new products turns that old electrical outlet into a spot that can deliver wired networking speeds up to 200Mbps. That means that you should be able to surf the web, as well as stream video and music, as well as play games, all through the existing wiring in your home. It’s the ultimate in plug and play.
The new Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLEK400) has two one-port powerline adapters and is good for one room. The Linksys Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLSK400) has one one-port powerline adapter and a four-port powerline adapter. This is better for hooking up a variety of components.
Last, but certainly not least, the Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Wireless Extender (PLW400) is a little something for existing Powerline network users, adding a 802.11n Wi-Fi signal into the mix.
The PLEK400 and PLSK400 are available today for $99.99 and $119.99, respectively. Cisco says that the PLW400 will be coming in March, with an MSRP of $119.99.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.