There may not seem like an immediate connection is there, but we suspect
that last week's Android
@ Home announcement could help to restart, or
kickstart, home automation and powerline networking. Powerline utilities
have been kicking around for years now, but they never have truly taken
off in any serious fashion. Outside of a few hardcore home tinkerers,
powerline gear has yet to grab the attention of the mainstream, but
TRENDnet may be looking to change that with their newest gear. The
company has just launched the first 500Mbps Powerline
Adapter with a
bonus outlet, making it even more simple to integrate a powerline setup
into your home.
The TPL-402E2K kit arrives with two 500Mbps adapters that feature a
built in electrical outlet and embedded power saving technology, and it
creates a secure high speed building-wide network from any electrical
outlet. Connect one adapter to your network, and plug the second adapter
any outlet on your electrical system for instant high speed network
access. Connect adapters quickly using the convenient one-touch connect
button. Users can install up to sixteen Powerline adapters in different
Of course, the major problem here remains: price. This kit is $179.99,
which is certainly not cheap by any means. Is it worth nearly $200 to
ditch spotty wireless connections and go wired via your power network?
That's a call you'll have to make, but we're guessing the pricing still
isn't at a place where the mass market will look fondly upon this.