August 26, 2010
| by Robert Archer
There’s no question that powerline technologies have advanced far beyond the Clapper.
A good example of how far the technologies have come can be found in Western Digital’s WD Livewire Powerline AV Network kit.
Western Digital says the product is compatible with the HomePlug AV powerline networking standard and it allows CE Pros to retrofit a home with network connections by using its existing electrical outlets.
The Lake Forest, Calif.-based computing company says the system offers 200Mbps of data transfer speeds and enough ports to support the connection of seven networked devices, which could be anything from a console gaming system, to a Blu-ray Disc player with BD Live technologies.
Western Digital adds the powerline solution also supports 1080p video streams and its set up is plug-and-play to facilitate quick installations.
The WD Livewire Powerline AV Network kit is out now at select retailers for $139.
Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.