Netgear Puts More Out for Powerline Fans

Netgear HDXB111

Netgear just announced that two of its new powerline networking kits are now shipping.

The company just started shipping two networking sets -- with one for high-def.

Nov. 17, 2008 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Broadband in every room shouldn’t be a luxury. OK—it’s not a right either. Still, if you’ve got outlets and around $150 burning a hole in your pocket, Netgear can make your multi-room digital dreams come true.

The company just announced they are now shipping two powerline adapter kits: the Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) and the Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (XAVB101). Each one is designed to deliver plug-and-play access to broadband, without the need for additional wiring.

Pictured to the left in all of its glory is the UPA-based HDXB111. The XAVB101 is based on the HomePlug AV standard. Both boast high-speed connections of up to 200 Mbps, which should get you some decent audio, video, VoIP calling, and good old-fashioned web surfing. The HD version also promises HD streaming, as well as built-in power sockets so you won’t hog every available outlet in the house.

Of course, many worry about powerline performance. However, I’ve used powerline plenty of times; never had one problem—and there’s no way my Money-Pit-styled house has superhero-caliber house wire.

Both make for a nice gift, and can be had now. The XAVB101 ($149.99) kit has two adapters, along with everything else you need to get going. The HDXB111 kit has two HD Plus adapters with all of the connection goodies for $20 more.

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