Belkin have launched what they’re calling the first-to-market gigabit-capable Powerline adapters, promising theoretical transfer speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. Offered initially as the Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit, the bundle includes two single-port adapters, one for connection to your router and the other for a console, mediaplayer or HDTV.
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from plugging an ethernet switch or hub into the remote Gigabit Powerline unit, sharing the connectivity between multiple devices. You can also buy an individual adapter, at which point Belkin say Gigle’s xtendnet system kicks in; this, it promises, boosts network stability and performance “by creating a transparent mesh network”.
The Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD adapters are compatible with existing HomePlug AV devices. The kit, F5D4076, is available now, priced at $149.99; no word on what the price will be for the individual adapters.