Cisco unveils Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline solutions, converts outlets into network connection points

Looking to boost network range in remote areas of your humble abode? Cisco is now offering an option that turns your electrical outlets into wired network connections with speeds up to 200Mbps. Each Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline option includes an Ethernet adapter that connects to your router and a second adapter for your wired devices elsewhere -- both of which are plugged into sockets of your choosing to get things started. The Powerline then uses your home's electrical wiring for the system, saving the headache of hiding cables for that home office. The company says that the kit will play nice with most household appliances and 1-port and 4-port adapters are available now for $100 each. Want to connect sans wires? A Powerline 1-port Wireless Extender is coming in March that will create a WiFi signal for the HomePlug system. Hopefully wandering peepers won't be able to monitor activity remotely. Fingers crossed.

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Consumers Get Plugged In with New Cisco HomePlug AV Powerline Solutions

Linksys Powerline Networking Solutions Use Standard Electrical Wiring to Network Devices and Help Eliminate Wireless "Dead Spots"

IRVINE, CA January 24, 2012 – Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, today announced a suite of Linksys® HomePlug AV Powerline solutions that allow consumers to use their home network by using their existing home electrical wiring. The HomePlug AV Powerline standard provides speeds of up to 200 Mbps* to bring streaming video, gaming, and other data-intensive applications to computers, tablets, consoles, televisions and other Ethernet-enabled devices.

"Cisco's Linksys products set the standard for great home networking experiences with their ease of use and outstanding performance," said Scott Kabat, director of marketing, Cisco Home Networking business unit. "Our new Powerline products deliver on this promise. Just plug them in, and they start working."

Leverages Standard Household Electrical Wiring
Powerline uses industry-standard HomePlug AV technology to turn any home wall socket into a network connection. Because no electrical reconfiguring or rewiring is necessary, networking can be delivered to remote areas of a house without expensive and inconvenient drilling and cable-laying. The compact, space-saving design of the Linksys Powerline family of products leaves room for other appliances to be plugged into the same outlet. Regular household 120-volt electrical service is unaffected by Powerline, nor will most household appliances interfere with Powerline transmissions.

The Ultimate in "Plug and Play"
A Powerline network is simple to set up. Users connect the adapter via an Ethernet cable to a router, and then plug the adapter into a wall socket. Next, the user plugs the second adapter into any other wall socket, and then connects it to a device via a second cable. The network is ready to work and the easy-to-use set-up software helps users get their devices connected simply and quickly.

Powerline solutions also provide a simple way to help extend the home network into rooms such as basements, attics, garages and back houses that may have dead spots or a limited wireless signal due to building materials, such as concrete and steel.

The three new Linksys Powerline solutions help to enhance and improve the home network experience:

1. The Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLEK400). (Includes two 1-port powerline adapters) This kit is ideal for those users looking to connect a computer in a room where wireless connectivity is limited.

2. The Linksys Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter Kit (PLSK400). (Includes one 1-port powerline adapter and a 4-port powerline adapter) This kit is ideal for the home media room where users can connect a TV, game console, media server and networked DVD player. Or if they have a home office in the attic or basement they can connect a computer, printers, scanners and other devices to the home network.

3. The Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Wireless Extender (PLW400). This device takes a signal from an already-installed Powerline network and converts it into 802.11n Wi-Fi signal. This is ideal for notebook, tablet or mobile phone users who want to be able to use their devices wirelessly and connect to the network from places in their home where a wireless signal from a router may not reach.

Both Wired, Wireless Versions to be Available
The PLEK400 and PLSK400 are available today at major online retailers or at the Linksys online store while the PLW400 is planned for availability in March.

·PLEK400 Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit (Available Now) $99.99 MSRP

·PLSK400 Powerline AV 4-Port Adapter Kit (Available Now) $99.99 MSRP

·PLW400 Powerline AV 1-Port Wireless Extender (Available in March) $119.99 MSRP