Plugtek BPL eLibrary :: News Alert: Plugtek Powerline eLibrary Nov 29 2005

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  • Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 17:56:44 -0500



News Alert!
Category: New Blog

Hello Powerline Community!

New Plugtek News Blog:

Just a quick note for good product news:

From a recent press article:

"...Netgear's second option is powerline technology in an 85 Mbps
wall-plugged Ethernet switch, the XE104. First-generation PLT
maxes out at a paltry 14 Mbps, so while it's not quite full up
Fast Ethernet, it gets pretty close. And unlike wireless tech,
PLT is relatively straight-forward: you plug it in, and it works,
specifically, plug it into the wall and plug an Ethernet cable
to it.

The XE104 includes a four-port Fast Ethernet hub, so it's likely
to go over equally well in a small office environment as well as
in the home. Available in 110 volt US or 220-volt for Europe,
you'll need two of the gizmos to "extend" your network. One goes
next to your broadband router, and the other goes next to wherever
in the household you can find an electrical wall plug. List price
for one is $99.99. Only drawback is the 85 Mbps Intellon-based
design isn't a formal standard, so mixing-and-matching
higher-speed PLT devices from other vendors is likely to be
done at your own risk.

If you can wait until after the holidays, Panasonic will supposedly
be showing and maybe shipping up to 170 Mbps PLT technology at
CES in January. The company demoed its proprietary high-speed
technology at this year's CES and also at more recent consumer
shows in Japan. Will it meet the HomePlug AV standard? Don't know.

<> For still higher-speeds in the PLT arena, HomePlug AV was
finalized over the summer and products should be demoing at CES
and shipping by next holiday season. The make-everybody-happy
standard will support up to 200 Mbps raw data rates over home
wiring, plus support for distributing HD TV signals, VoIP
quality-of-service management, audio distribution, and the kitchen
sink. The big picture vision is to build HomePlug AV into everything
from PCs to TV sets and PVRs and even into the fridge and oven. In
addition, HomePlug AV should/will have peaceful coexistence with
broadband over powerline (BPL) and backwards compatibility with
slow-ride 14 Mbps HomePlug 1.0 devices. "


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