Most power-line networking devices on the market, such as the
The company announced today what it says are the first power-line options on the market to be based on the new
These devices are a 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter, model TPL-401E, and the 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit, model TPL-401E2K.
Like all power-line adapters, the new products from Trendnet turn any electrical outlet into a network port, thus expanding the network to the entire home or building via the building's electrical wiring.
Trendnet says that its new offerings can support up to 16 power-line adapters, meaning you can add up to 15 Ethernet-ready devices to your home network without having to run network cables all over the place.
Unlike HomePlug AV-based adapters that use a 10/100Mbps LAN port, the new adapters from Trendnet sport a Gigabit Ethernet port. They also support 128-bit AES encryption and come with a Windows software utility that helps manage the power-line connections.
The new products are also backward-compatible with HomePlug AV devices. They will be available by the end of the month. The single adapter TPL-401E is slated to cost $100 and the TPL-401E2K (which includes two adapters) will cost $180.