TRENDnet Ships 500Mbps Powerline Networking Adapter Kit

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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 into 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 rooms for building-wide networking.


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.
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Dave_HH replied on Sun, May 15 2011 1:01 AM

Hmm, I'd be down for that. :)

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CDeeter replied on Sun, May 15 2011 1:17 AM

I'll second that request. Also, how much are additional adapters or do you just buy more of these kits? At $179, that would add up quick.

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realneil replied on Sun, May 15 2011 7:50 PM

If it was less money it would be far more attractive to me. I don't really need to "ditch spotty wireless connections" because mine (all wireless "N" capable) aren't so spotty and they work well.

This would be faster than wireless "N" is, and I would get it for my wife's PC if it was priced lower.

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OSunday replied on Sun, May 15 2011 11:27 PM

Its new technology and at the current price range it won't sell well but eventually this would be really attractive to homes with basements or facilities with concrete walls (like most government facilities) since the internet connection quality would be superb compared to weak wifi with physical interferences

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mhenriday replied on Mon, May 16 2011 8:17 AM

With ten fibre-cable outlets in my little two-room flat, I'm hardly in the market for one of these devices, but I second the call for a full-scale review. The technology looks to be of interest....

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mbahr replied on Tue, Aug 9 2011 12:11 PM

Two things I wonder about:

1)  Do these devices coexist with other power line systems, such as X-10?

2)  How do you stop the signal from leaving your home and travelling down the power wire to the next house?  Typically, the signals continue until stopped at a transformer.

Anyone have any information on these two questons?

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