LAN access from a power point

LAN access from a power point

Netgear is two weeks away from releasing a product in the US that will allow any power socket in a home or business to become an access node to the Internet or a private LAN.

The SME networking manufacturer is set to release its Powerline product, which uses multiplexing technology to piggyback data traffic over standard electricity cabling.

A plug-and-play appliance bridges an ADSL or Ethernet connection to the home or office's electricity circuit. At the power point another appliance is used to transfer the data from the electricity circuit back to a regular ADSL or Ethernet port.

Powerline will retail in the US for around $US300 per pair. According to Netgear officials, the product will be available in Australia in the middle of the year.

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