LAS VEGAS--Trendnet shipped the first 500Mbps powerline kit, the
The company announced today its first 500Mbps powerline kit, the Internet Adapter for Home Theater XAVB5004; it offers four ports at the far end of the connection.
The XAVB5004 includes two adapters. The first one has a single Gigabit port to connect to an existing network via a router (or a hub); the second adapter has four Gigabit ports, meaning you can use up to four Ethernet-ready devices before having to resort to an additional hub. When these two adapters are plugged into the wall, it will create a network connection using the home's electrical wiring and hence spare you from having to run network cable all over the place.
There have been four-port powerline kits on the market for a while, and CNET has reviewed a few of them, such as the
Similar to the Trendnet 500Mbps kit, the Netgear kit supports the latest IEEE P1901 global standard for high-speed powerline communications. It's also
Netgear claims that its new 500Mbps powerline kit is capable of delivering smooth HD video streaming to up to four devices. The four-port adapter also has color-coded ports that work with the built-in Quality of Service feature to help users pick the best port for the type of device. For example, you want to use the port that's optimized for voice with a VoIP phone.
The 500Mbps Internet Adapter for Home Theater XAVB5004 powerline kit will be available this month and costs around $170.