TRENDnet Launches Compact 200Mbps Powerline Adapter

Looking for a way to extend your home or office network without the hassles of Ethernet cords and spotty Wi-Fi signals? Why not use the power outlet mounted in your wall instead?

On Wednesday TRENDnet released the latest edition to its Powerline AV series, the 200 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter (TPL-306E) and Adapter Kit (TPL-306E2K). This adapter essentially establishes a network connection from a router to a PC via a building or home's electrical lines, but consumes less physical space on the wall outlet than previous models.

"The TPL-306E replaces and is approximately 30-percent smaller than the older TPL-303E series," the company reports. "Its small form factor saves space when plugged into a crowded electrical outlet. Network one adapter to a router and plug another adapter into any outlet on the same electrical system for instant high speed network access."

The TRENDnet adapters connect automatically to each other over a secure encrypted signal with no CD installation required. They also feature an LED display which relays device status for power management and troubleshooting. And because they're always on, TRENDnet has implemented its embedded power-saving technology which lowers power consumption by up to 70-percent in standby mode.

End users looking to set up a powerline-based extension to their network will need at least two TPL-306E adapters, costing $54.99 USD for each. However for $99.99 USD, the 200 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter Kit provides two adapters to get you started.

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  • These things are cool, but the latency on them is just too high.
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  • I've been looking at these things the past few months. My current wireless router (a cheapo Belkin 150 we bought a year ago in a pinch) keeps dropping out for no reason other than looking at it the wrong way. But i've read some older homes can't use them becuase they aren't compatible with older style wiring. Plus, these tend to be more expensive when compared to similar wireless router, and of course you still need to connect an ethernet cable to the thing. They're certainly not for everyone in every situation, but if you just want to get high speed internet to a single stationary unit near an outlet, these look to do the trick.
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  • Ive tried two different versions of this product, both in houses that were less than 5 years old. it simply didnt live up to the hype. Hopefully this product works for some, but it was a no go for me.
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