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Dlink Now Shipping Next Generation Powerline Kit

Dlink Now Shipping Next Generation Powerline Kit

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 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 15, 2009 β€” D-Link, the end-to-end solutions provider for consumer and business, today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit, an ideal solution for connecting computers, high-definition (HD) media players, game consoles, network attached storage (NAS), and Internet content throughout the home.

With the new D-Link PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) anyone can take advantage of existing home electrical wiring to create or extend a network. The kit includes two PowerLine wall plugs/ adapters. The DHP-303 turns every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting when connected to a switch or wireless access point.

With simple plug-and-play installation, the DHP-303 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. The device will automatically be displayed in Microsoft Windows Vista's Network Map. Users also can check the DHP-303's performance via a built-in LED.

"This latest addition to our PowerLine HD product family offers user-friendly, wall-to-wall networking so everyone in the household can enjoy a powerful, extended multimedia experience regardless of the location," said AJ Wang, chief technology officer for D-Link.

The PowerLine Adapter, with simple push-button activation, implements Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for securing connections and keeping data safe from intruders. To create a secure connection the user simply pushes a button on one adapter, then goes to another room and pushes a button on the other adapter. It also offers Quality of Service (QoS) support to help prioritize data and enable smooth video streaming and lag-free gaming.

Key Features and Benefits
  • Uses home's existing electrical wiring
  • Streams HD media across the network
  • Up to 200Mbps* throughput
  • Connects computers, game consoles and multimedia devices to the Internet
  • Plugs into existing power outlets
  • QoS support helps prioritize Internet traffic
  • Extends wireless LAN by connecting an access point to achieve stronger wireless signals in remote areas
  • Supports enhanced network security
  • Simple plug-and-play installation
  • Power-saving mode
  • Simple push-button security
  • LED for easy monitoring
  • Microsoft Windows Vista "network map" locator

Price and Availability

D-Link PowerLine HD Network Adapter Starter Kit is available through D-Link's network of value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and distributors, and at D-Link's online store, www.dlinkshop.com for the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $139.99
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Do these work better than they did years ago?

I guess it depends on the wiring in your house some, but I remember a lot of complaints about these things.

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That's useful as I am 2 floors down from my router, but $139.99? My router AND adapter weren't even that much and I got wireless N.

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"Up to 200Mbps* throughput"

*Max theoretical speed, when operating within the event horizon of a black hole.

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^ha!

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