Plaster Networks Adapters Route Media over Powerline
Plaster Networks PLN3 Ethernet Adapter
The PLN3 powerline adapters let you stream networked media over existing
home electrical wiring with speedy results.
Feb. 09, 2010 by Arlen Schweiger
Its always harder to wire your home for audio/video or automation
systems if the walls are already up and sealed. And the way new construction
is these days, chances are your home falls under the category of existing
and its walls arent open to the studs for convenient wiring runs.
If youre a multimedia hound who
wants to access PC-stored or web music, videos and more throughout your
house, you could go the wireless way and keep your fingers crossed that
everything keeps working without skipping a beat. You can also take advantage
of the electrical wiring thats already been established in your
home and turn traditional outlets into part of a network.
The latter is what Plaster Networks has
been working to develop solutions for (and lately weve seen multiroom
audio companies such as Russound and NuVo leaning to as well in no
new wires solutions). The manufacturer offers its PLN3 Ethernet
powerline adapters to deliver reliable and cost-effective networkingand
Plaster also mixed in the capability for you to remotely manage and configure
the home network.
These PLN3 bricks serve up some zippy
broadband, with up to 200Mbps PHY rates (and equivalent Ethernet rates
up to 100Mbps) via powerline, based on the HomePlug AV standard to network
your Ethernet-capable media devices. Based on the review by We Got Served
(see unbox photo below), the dual Ethernet port units are pretty easy
to install, connect and use.
The Plaster Networks solution also features
IX2 powerline isolators to optimize performance by filtering noise and
boosting network reliability. You can also use the Plaster Networks Service
with the PLN3 adapters to tap into the throughput capacity of your powerline
network instantly through a standard browser and see just how speedy things
Look for the PLN3 adapters on the companys
website, at $149.95 for a set of two ($96.95 apiece). The IX2 isolators