D-Link Now Shipping Ethernet Over Coax Kit - HotHardware
D-Link Now Shipping Ethernet Over Coax Kit

D-Link Now Shipping Ethernet Over Coax Kit

Easy-to-Use Adapter Kit Enables Fast Transfers of HD Video, Music, Gaming; Quick Solution for Connecting Devices in Multiple Rooms

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 20, 2009 β€” D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, announced today that it has begun shipping the easy-to-use HD MediaBridge® Starter Kit (DXN-221) that taps into existing coaxial wiring throughout the home, delivering fast, secure and stable connections for extending a home network to devices at the entertainment system and to multiple rooms without interrupting cable service.

The DXN-221 is designed for users who want to add bandwidth-demanding applications, such as high-definition (HD) media streaming, music-sharing and online multi-player gaming, to the home network. Included are two adapters, each with a wired Ethernet port and coaxial F-type connector for bridging the two adapters together.



Users can easily connect one of the included D-Link® HD MediaBridge Adapters to their existing home network router and then to an available coaxial outlet in the home, enabling network and Internet access to multiple rooms. A second adapter is connected to a coaxial outlet in another room to connect Ethernet-enabled devices like PCs and media players. The DXN-221 may be used in rooms with multiple devices by connecting a switch (such as the D-Link DGS-2205 5-Port Desktop Switch) to the adapter to connect additional devices.

The technology also works as a point-to-multipoint network, enabling multiple adapters to be placed throughout the home for connections in any room with a coaxial outlet.

With simple plug-and-play installation, the DXN-221 is ideal for connecting an Ethernet-enabled digital media device, such as TiVo® or Slingbox™ to the home network and the Internet. It also allows users to connect gaming consoles, like the Xbox 360®, Playstation 3® or Nintendo Wii™ to the Internet.

"With simplified user setup, coaxial networking support, the ability to coexist with other coaxial devices and fast networking speeds, our HD MediaBridge Coax Network Starter Kit delivers a simplified networking solution that makes it easy for consumers to enjoy the benefits of a digital home designed for high-definition media streaming, online gaming and other emerging applications," said AJ Wang, chief technical officer for D-Link.

"The technology is a natural complement to our popular networking solutions for moving data quickly into areas of a home where it may be difficult to run a cable or achieve a strong Wi-Fi signal," he said.

The DXN-221 is certified by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) to ensure that it works with other electrical home technologies. MoCA certified products are able to seamlessly deliver HDTV and DVD-quality digital entertainment and high-speed data without interference or latency. The device operates in the 800-1500MHz range, making it compatible with homes wired for cable TV and Internet services.

Price and Availability

The D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit (DXN-221) is available from D-Link's network of retail outlets, e-tail shops and at the company's online store, www.dlinkshop.com, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $239.99
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Very interesting... I wonder what kind of transfer speeds and latency these things get?

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D-Link did not specify a specific transfer rate so we did not include it. It has to do with the type and quality of coax you have in your home and the attenuation of the cable. Click the Dlink link at the bottom of the article and look at the specifications page.

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Yes, the type and quality of coax is very important. A few years back I worked for COMCAST as a field QT and install engineer working mostly on Modem hookups. If you have a house that's been built I'd say in the last 3 years you should be good. But, if not you're wiring is most likely of the older variety, if not the very old variety. The good point of this is the availability versus CAT5-6 wiring in a house which is very low percentage wise. The other good point is upgrading a houses coax is not very hard, grab a coupler at Home Depot or Lowes hook it between you existing wire and new higher grade coax and pull it to it's exiting location hook it up (I would upgrade your splitters to while doing this). Then you have a fully top of the line setup most likely less than 100 bucks if even close to that price. You can even get someone to do it for less than 500 I'm sure and rewire your whole house. Anyone in Northern GA. want it done let me know I could do it personally or get someone to do it for you in a week I'm sure.

Either way  this is an exciting step for home networking availabilty and connection wise as most every house will be wired 75% at least for Coax. SO networking your house with this kit would be very easy. Oh and to let you know Coax bandwidth is usually very capable especially in a setup like this. I know personally; that many data warehouses including some of the largest in Georgia, which route the entire internet to probably a very high percentage of the state use coax in one form of another.

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