Belkin to release new networking products

New networking products are coming out from Belkin in October.

This story has been updated. Other vendors, such as Netgear or Slingmedia also, offer multiple-port PowerLine adapters.

I remember Belkin was the first vendor who sent us a Pre-N router, the Belkin Wireless Pre-N Router way back in 2004. Ever since, it hasn't been the most prolific vendor in wireless networking in comparison with D-Link, Linksys, or Netgear.

Belkin's Powerline AV+ offers three network ports instead of one. Belkin

However, I've learned recently that in October Belkin is releasing a few new networking products, including the all new Belkin N+ Wireless Router and the Powerline AV+.

According to Belkin's Web site, the new router will have network storage capability, similar to that of the Linksys WRT610n , where you can attach a USB external hard drive to the router and make the storage available to every computer in the network. It also has other standard features for high-end routers including: Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Draft N 2.0 compliance, Gigabite Ethernet, and so on. It's unclear whether or not the product will support dual-band, working in both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies spontaneously. The new router is slated to cost $120.

On the other hand, it's very clear that Belkin's new line of powerline networking adapters offers some interesting features. The Powerline AV+ has three network ports (instead of one like most others I've seen) enabling you to use up to three devices with it at a time without having to get a switch. Belkin claims that the new adapter is capable of delivering throughput speed up to 200Mbps (twice that of a regular wired connection), which is more than you need to stream HD media contents.

The Powerline AV+ comes in a kit that includes one three-port adapter and one single-port adapter with a estimated price tag of $180.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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