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Linksys Powerline adapters debut; Wireless in pipeline

Linksys Powerline adapters debut; Wireless in pipeline

Linksys has outed a new line-up of HomePlug Powerline adapters, promising up to 200Mbps network connections passed over your regular home electricity wiring. Billed as ideal for consoles, streaming media adapters and the like, the new Linksys AV 1-Port (PLEK400) and AV 4-Port (PLSK400) offer one or four 10/100 sockets respectively, and will be joined by a wireless bridge later this quarter.

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HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

We usually associate HomePlug products with straightforward ways to spread your internet connection around the house using mains cabling rather than WiFi but, if the Powerline Alliance has its way, your future hybrid or all-electric car may also be using the system to talk to your power supply. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have all thrown in with the HomePlug Green PHY (GP) profile for electric vehicle charging, enabling Earth-friendly cars to integrate with the smart grid.

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D-Link DHP-1320 Wireless-N router adds PowerLine 200Mbps

D-Link DHP-1320 Wireless-N router adds PowerLine 200Mbps

D-Link has unveiled its latest router, the DHP-1320, a combination Wireless-N and PowerLine 200Mbps hybrid. Packing three 10/100 ethernet ports, WiFi g/n wireless with WPA and WPA2 encryption, and up to 200Mbps data through your home or office electrical wiring, the D-Link DHP-1320 promises sufficient speed to stream HD video without having to worry what walls are in the way.

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Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear NeoTV 550 HD network media player outed

Netgear has outed their latest HD-capable home media player, the Netgear NeoTV 550, together with a range of new HomePlug AV compliant Powerline adapters delivering up to (a theoretical) 500Mbps connection speeds.  The NeoTV 550 (NTV550) has HDMI, component and composite video outputs (together with analog and S/PDIF digital audio outputs) and can play local 1080p HD files on attached USB, eSATA or SD storage or stream from UPnP, DLNA or WMP11 network sources.  Meanwhile a second version, the NeoTV 350, swaps the eSATA for another USB port and has a more basic remote.

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Logitech Alert 750i & 750e network video security systems revealed [Video]

Logitech Alert 750i & 750e network video security systems revealed [Video]

Logitech has been pushing their webcams' potential for home security for a while now, and with the new Logitech Alert cameras they've now got security-specific models to choose from.  The new Logitech Alert 750i and 750e Master Systems both record and stream 960 x 720 video, and can be motion-triggered as well as monitored via a web interface, smartphone app (for iPhone, BlackBerry or Android) and eventually via Google TV.

Video demo after the cut

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Netgear Powerline AV and AV+ adapters hit CES 2010

Netgear Powerline AV and AV+ adapters hit CES 2010

If wireless is too much trouble for you, Netgear have also brought a pair of new Powerline networking devices to CES 2010.  The Netgear Powerline 200 AV Adapter Kit (XAVB2001) and the Powerline 200 AV+ Adapter Kit (XAVB2501) are both HomePlug compliant, and each offer up to 200Mbps connectivity.  The key difference between the two is that the AV+ system has filtered pass-through AC sockets, meaning you don't have to entirely monopolize an outlet with the adapter.

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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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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.

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