ASUS has made a strong case for the future of powerline networking with its new PL-X51P/PL-X52P powerline adapters (the PL-X51P is a single unit while the PL-X52P is a two-adapter bundle). They're the first in the market to have four -- that's right, four -- Gigabit LAN connectors each. If that wasn't enough, one of them is actually a designated VIP port designed to push whatever's connected to it to the top of the bandwidth priority list, presumably so you can speed up the download of that totally legal copy of Game of Thrones on one computer while smacking gnomes around in World of Warcraft on another. The adapters have an extra outlet each so you can still use the socket while an integrated noise filter helps compensate for powerline fluctuations. There's also 128-bit AES encryption and ASUS promises speeds of up to 500Mbps. The model seen here looks to be Europe/Asia only due to the shape of the plug; we've yet to see one suitable for the US. Similarly, there's no word on pricing, but we'll be sure to update you with more information once we find out.
ASUS PL-X51P and PL-X52P 500Mbps Powerline Adapters Launched
Ideal for clutter-free network expansion, the devices use existing power plugs to drive fast online access, featuring four Gigabit LAN connectors with a dedicated VIP port
ASUS PL-X51P and PL-X52P powerline adapters enter the market as part of a new trend that makes use of prevalent power plugs to offer easy-setup networking that covers entire homes and offices. Doubling the utility of electrical outlets without creating additional clutter, they offer high speed 500Mbps data rates, four Gigabit LAN ports, VIP bandwidth prioritization, and a smart energy-saving standby mode. With their extra-outlet noise filtering design, the compact PL-X51P and PL-X52P deliver on the promise of uncompromising powerline connectivity, giving customers access to wider coverage with no additional infrastructure. The PL-X51 includes one powerline adapter, while the PL-X52P ships as a two-adapter bundle.
Great alternative to conventional networking
The PL-X51P and PL-X52P connect to any existing power plug at homes and offices. They require no standalone power adapter, and therefore eliminate additional clutter with space-saving dual-use design. As part of the new powerline networking trend, they offer all the utility of a high speed internet connection minus the dedicated space and power typically allocated to standard routers and adapters. Setting up the PL-X51P and PL-X52P is a simple matter of connecting them to a power plug, as they auto-detect connected devices and can be configured from any PC. They include an extra outlet that means power plugs can still be used even with the adapters connected. An integrated noise filter compensates for powerline fluctuations to ensure consistent networking performance regardless of power grid conditions.
Fastest powerline performance available
The PL-X51P and PL-X52P support up to 500Mbps in data rate, which is currently the fastest offered by any powerline adapter. As such, they do more than expand networks wherever a power plug can be found. Their speed supports fast downloading, HD content streaming, and multiplayer gaming, proving that the simplicity of powerline networking need not come at the expense of high speed performance.
Quad LAN ports and priority VIP management
Despite their compact and lean design, the PL-X51P and PL-X52P integrate four Gigabit LAN ports, similar to conventional routers and adapters. They therefore allow for the same number of devices to be connected to them directly, being the first powerline adapters on the market to offer four Gigabit LAN ports alongside an extra-outlet design that keeps power plugs free for use by other appliances. They also feature a dedicated VIP LAN port, which uses smart built-in bandwidth supervision and online traffic control that put data rate-sensitive applications first to ensure smooth lag-resistant performance. The design is especially useful to customers requiring online multitasking, such as downloading while HD streaming or gaming. Once more, this shows that powerline networking offers features similar to those found in conventional products.
Smart energy-saving standby lowers electric bills
ASUS has engineered the PL-X51P and PL-X52P with an intelligent auto-detecting standby mode. When not in use or whenever net traffic loads are minimal, the adapters go into an energy-saving mode, resulting in better efficiency and lower electricity bills over time, plus overall reduced environmental impact.