500Mbps over your power lines
I have said it before and I will say it again. WiFi doesn’t always work for everyone. If you are set to give someone a gadget like a Blu-ray player or game console this Christmas that needs web connectivity, don’t count on WiFi being able to get you connected in all instances. If the house is large or if there is a lot of interference in the area WiFi signals may not make it a few rooms over much less up stairs in a larger home.
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What should work for you is powerline networking gear and Trendnet has unveiled a new powerline networking set that has impressive speeds that should work perfectly for streaming HD video and other high bandwidth content. The new powerline kit is called the TPL-401E and comes as a single adapter and as a dual adapter kit.
The powerline networking gear is able to give you 500Mbps of data bandwidth running through your power lines already in the home. The gear plugs into the power outlet and the TPL-401E2K kit has a pair of the adapters. The pair of adapters is required to start because you must have one adapter that connects to the wall from the router and another that connects from the wall to the device that you want connectivity too.
After you set up the two-node network, you can add other single adapters to expand connectivity to other rooms and devices. If you need an additional single adapter for expansion, you can get the TPL-401E. The adapters support 128-bit AES encryption and have a Gigabit Ethernet port. The devices ship with a Windows utility for configuration and the each have LED indicators to show the network status.
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The adapters also have a one-touch connect button for easy set up and connection to the network. The single adapter TPL-401E kit will sell for $99.99 and the dual adapter TPL-401E2K kit with a pair of adapters will sell for $179.99. Both kits will ship on November 29.