PowerLine networking (not to be confused with BPL, or broadband over power lines) is a clever way to extend the reach of your wired network, without having to go to the trouble of stringing Ethernet cables under the rug, or pulling them through the walls. Instead, you can route the data path through the network present in every modern house – the electrical wiring within the walls. It might sound involved, but in reality, the technology is super simple to use.
Most PowerLine networking kits (and D-Link’s is no exception) come in pairs. An Ethernet cable gets plugged into one-half, and that unit gets plugged into one of your electrical outlets. Somewhere else in your house, the other half of the kit gets plugged into another outlet, and whatever needs network access – an Xbox 360, HDTV, or network switch – gets plugged into the other half.
Of course, you won’t be getting gigabit (1000Mbps) speeds with a kit like this, but for many, that drop-off in bandwidth is worth the sheer convenience. D-Link’s new PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit promises that you’ll get up 200Mbps. which is more than enough for most things you need a kit like this to do. In fact, the company is claiming that their new setup actually manages to get 35% faster speeds than competing PowerLine products.
Inside the box, you’ll get a pair of the PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapters (model DHP-308AV) and a couple of Ethernet networking cables. There’s no setup to speak of, just plug the units into the wall, add a network cable to each one, and congratulations, you’ve made a small home network! For the security conscious among us, the new kit supports 128-bit AES encryption to keep your data safe.
D-Link’s new PowerLine products are available now at various online and offline stores, for the affordable price of $59.99.