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Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:35

WD launches new power line networking kit

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Livewire Powerline AV delivers 200Mbps
WD has introduced a rather interesting networking product that will allow users to transform home power grids into a speedy network and it's HomePlug compatible.

Although most users are shifting to wireless, we believe that the Livewire Powerline AV kit still makes sense, quite a bit of it in fact. One of the main reasons office and home users are turning to wireless is aesthetic, as nobody likes to mess around with those pesky Ethernet cables. WD’s kit relies on regular power outlets, so you can forget about drills and ugly cables lining the walls.

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The other advantage is the speed. While wireless is stuck at 54Mbps, this kit delivers 200Mbps. This makes it quite a bit more suited for demanding home users or small businesses that need a bit more bandwidth. WD claims it can playback 1080p stutter free.

Additionally, the device is HomePlug compatible, so anyone who has already bought into the technology should have no compatibility issues. However, it’s worth noting that the HomePlug Alliance is working on a new standard that should appear in a few months, or next year. It will deliver speeds up to 600Mbps.

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0 #1 CompWiz 2010-08-25 22:01
"While wireless is stuck at 54Mbps, this kit delivers 200Mbps."

Hey, great news: Wireless N is out. It offers much higher than Wireless G speeds.

Say, as a tech news site, shouldn't you know that by now?

"WD has introduced a rather interesting networking product that will allow users to transform home power grids into a speedy network and it's HomePlug compatible."

Wow, really? Powerline networking? How new and exciting! Isn't the year 1998 great?

Did some software glitch dredge up some 5 year old article, and post it on the front page? But, wait, this site hasn't been around for 5 years yet.

Stop living in the past.
 
 
+2 #2 blandead 2010-08-26 00:46
you are correct where the heck did they got the idea wireless is stuck at 54mbps? lol

wireless n started at 100mbps (or sometimes referred to as super G before standardized), then n draft 2 added 300mbps, but you never get the theoretical throughput even with full signal. If a standard comes out for 600mbps and the throughput is far higher than wireless n draft 2 then this could be interesting depending on the price.
 

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