brite-View LinkE: Four-Way Powerline Networking

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Up until very recently, home networking has required users to do one of two things: string cabling everywhere, or put up with security and configuration issues present with wireless networking. Networking over power lines changes that by using the copper wiring in your home to carry the signals normally transferred by network cables.

Traditionally, however, these network setups have involved one device hooked up to a router, and plugged in, with individual boxes in other plugs around the house. The LinkE changes that by adding an additional three Ethernet ports on the secondary box, for a grand total of four. ZINNET, which makes the device, mentions using a VoIP phone and Xbox with one plug; given today’s media centers, however, a more likely scenario involves a TV, cable box, TiVo and multiple game systems.

The CEO of ZINNET did offer this…somewhat reactionary quote regarding the device:

“A WiFi network can be fragile. Without proper setup or protection, nicer neighbors can steal your Internet access while the evil neighbors hack into your computers.”

All told the router and switch, giving users a max 200Mbps in throughput, will set you back $174.99.





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