Using the existing wiring of your home is a hot topic here on this blog, and it seems like D-Link's new product might make it a bit easier.
This morning, networking company D-Link introduced a Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit that taps into existing coaxial wiring throughout the home, allowing the user to extend a network to devices at the entertainment system and to multiple rooms without interrupting cable service.
D-Link says the kit is "ideally suited for adding bandwidth-demanding applications such as high-definition (HD) media streaming, music sharing and online multi-player gaming to the home network."
How it works: the kit comes with two adapters, each of which includes an Ethernet port as well as a Coaxial F-type connector for bridging the two adapters together. Users connect one adapter to their existing router and then to an available coaxial outlet in the home, enabling network and Internet access to multiple rooms. A second adapter is added in another room to connect Ethernet-enabled devices like PCs and media players. The kit may be used in rooms with multiple devices by connecting a switch to the adapter to connect additional devices.
D-Link says the technology also works as a point-to-multipoint network which enables placing multiple adapters throughout the home for connections in any room with a coaxial outlet. It reportedly operates in the 800MHz to 1,500MHz range.
The Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit is an ideal solution for home networking requiring no new in-home wiring. Pairing the device with existing coaxial cabling in the home can extend the network to the home entertainment center where more devices are now network-capable such as gaming consoles, digital video recorders (DVR), and media players.
The DXN-221 kit, which includes a pair of adapters, will be available in Q3 for $199.99. Individual adapters can be purchased for $109.99 each.