D-Link turns every power outlet into wall-to-wall network

Summary:D-Link today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit that connects computers, high-definition media players, game consoles, network attached storage and Internet content in the home.The PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) allows the user to take advantage of existing home electrical wiring to create or extend a network by turning "every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting" when connected to a switch or wireless access point.

D-Link today introduced its next-generation PowerLine adapter kit that connects computers, high-definition media players, game consoles, network attached storage and Internet content in the home.

The PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-303) allows the user to take advantage of existing home electrical wiring to create or extend a network by turning "every power outlet in the home into a wall-to-wall network for connecting" when connected to a switch or wireless access point. (The kit includes two wall plugs/adapters.)

Installation is plug-and-play, and the system can connect devices such as TiVo, Slingbox, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and others to the home network and the Internet. (The device will automatically be displayed in Microsoft Windows Vista's Network Map.)

The PowerLine Adapter uses Triple Data Encryption Standard (3DES) for one-button security and uses Quality of Service support to help prioritize data in the pipeline.

More specs:

  • Uses home's existing electrical wiring
  • Streams HD media across the network
  • Up to 200Mbps throughput
  • Plugs into existing power outlets
  • Extends wireless LAN by connecting an access point

The PowerLine HD Network Adapter Starter Kit is available everywhere for $139.99.

Topics: Networking

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