Powerline adapters have been around for a while. They provide a great way to add an Ethernet socket to locations where running a network cable would be impractical. Now UK tech start-up company, Power Ethernet, has launched the ‘PE Socket, the first product to integrate Powerline networking technology directly into an electrical outlet.
“Based on the HomePlug AV standard for Powerline networking, Power Ethernet’s all-in-one PE Socket combines four Ethernet network ports, a fully-managed network switch and a filtered power socket. It fits into a British Standard 35mm deep double gang metal back box and takes advantage of a building’s existing electrical wiring to create a high-speed and secure data network for connecting computers, Voice over IP phones, multimedia set-top boxes, Internet-connected TVs and other IP enabled devices. The PE Sockets have been designed to enable electricians to start specifying and installing data networks in both commercial and residential buildings without the need for additional specialist cabling or networking knowledge.
Power Ethernet Managing Director, Daniel Rogoff: “The Power Ethernet socket is a true game changer for the electrical industry. For the first time, electricians and electrical contractors can start specifying and installing data networks for customers without specialist cabling knowledge. From Connected TVs and games consoles to CCTV and IP phones, there are a rapidly growing number of IP enabled devices in homes and workplaces that need high-speed, physical network connections. I’m very excited to be launching a product that enables the electrical industry to play a big role in satisfying that demand.”
A Power Ethernet network delivers the advanced networking features that are required for both streaming video around the home and for enterprise-grade business networks. However the simplicity of the product installation ensures that networks can be set-up without the need for specialist networking knowledge.
Installing two or more PE Sockets instantly creates a high speed, secure Ethernet network running across the existing electrical mains cabling. Connecting any PE Socket to a broadband service enables the sharing of Internet connectivity and digital content among all the devices plugged into them. More devices and additional rooms can be easily added to the network simply by installing additional PE Sockets so creating a truly flexible, affordable networking solution.”
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