networking

Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

Back before HDTVs, set-top boxes, consoles and Blu-ray players sprouted ethernet ports, the only people who needed a network hook-up near their AV kit were those with media streamers.  Now one cable might not be enough, so Netgear have stepped into the fray with their XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection kit.  Consisting of a four-port ethernet switch with Powerline support, the kit funnels an internet connection across your mains wiring and shares it with multiple devices.

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Blame it on the network

Blame it on the network

We've come a long way. It was not long ago when most of us had but a single screen in our homes – the television set. (Of course in our house growing up, we had a lot more than that. I come from a family of early adopters). Over time, we added second and third TVs as well as an entirely new category of screen in the form of the personal computer. Increasingly, both TVs and PCs are now found throughout the home, connected to each other as well as the Internet. Net result, a dramatic increase in the complexity of consumer infrastructure. In short, it just doesn't work most of the time for too many folks and I blame the home network. Oh, it's not merely three screens consumers are dealing with but rather multiple PCs, TVs, and other stuff with a screen on it.

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D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

As hugely convergent devices go, D-Link's DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router could be best of breed.  Announced at CES in January, the DIR-685 not only offers WiFi draft-n support and four gigabit ethernet ports, but a 3.5-inch display with multimedia widgets, dual USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers and external drives, and an internal 2.5-inch HDD bay for turning it into a NAS.  Overkill or network overlord?  OhGizmo! took a look, and while the DIR-685 is expensive it's also just as capable as you'd hope.

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD adapters

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD adapters

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.

D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link have announced two new network webcams which promise plug-and-play remote viewing using the company's online streaming portal.  The D-Link Network Camera DCS-1100 launches today, while the DCS-1130 - with WiFi draft-n - arrives later in the month.

Both cameras can be accessed from any browser by going to D-Link's mydlink.com portal.  However they can also be used to stream live video to cellphones, with sound from the integrated microphone and remote control of 16x digital zoom and motion detection.

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