Just about everything needs an internet connection these days. Home entertainment is being transformed by Google TV, Apple TV, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and a host of other instant entertainment options. Plus, anyone who has tried to install a wireless router that will run a desktop at peak capacity at the other end of the house has likely experienced some frustrating technological issues like: interference, slow connections, and constant interruption of service. What if there was an alternative to running several different cables to the home theater? What if there was another option instead of a wireless router to get internet access from upstairs to downstairs or even the basement? Do not worry, friends of technology, the folks at NETGEAR have answered your calls.
The NETGEAR Powerline is an interesting solution to just about every home networking problem that could creep up. Basically, the system works by turning existing electrical wiring in a home into a hard wired network connection. This is a simple way of expanding existing LAN (local area networks) for accessing the internet and media sharing as well. Users simply plug one Powerline unit into a wall outlet near the router and attach their network cable, the other NETGEAR Powerline unit is plugged into a different outlet and that network cable is connected to the X Box, Playstation, television, or other media device, even a PC or Mac. Of course, the NETGEAR Powerline system is available in several different varieties, but two are really the most popular.
NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet A/V Kit
The NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet A/V kit model number XAVB-2001 is available for $129.99 from Best Buy or bestbuy.com. This is the basic Powerline kit, which is great for extending an internet connection to a kid’s bedroom, isolated home office, or even a garage. The XAVB-2001 has indicator lights which show connection strength to optimize use, as different outlets may have better signal strength than others. Anyone who would rather not run a hundred feet of network cable to an isolated computer should definitely give this kit a look.
NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit with Ethernet Switch
The NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter Kit with Ethernet Switch is model number XAVB1004, and retails for $154.99. The cool part about the NETGEAR XAVB1004 is that instead of one network port on the other end of the router, this one features four separate high speed internet ports. That means one for the X Box, one for the Blu-Ray player, one for the DVR or Google TV, and one for the TV itself. This is a home theater lovers’ perfect solution to running a lot of wires or dealing with stagnate wireless connections.
These NETGEAR Powerline devices simplify the connection demands of several different high tech instruments. It is even possible to use more than one in a given house, which virtually ends the problem of hiring a professional company for hundreds of dollars to install a broadband outlet in remote locations. Next time, an internet junkie runs into a jam, one of these units should be close to the buy list.