Netgear debuts first next-gen powerline network kit
IEEE 1901 adaptor launched
Netgear is upgrading its compact powerline Ethernet adaptor line to 500Mb/s operation - not only that but the next-gen powerline spec IEEE 1901 into the bargain.
The Powerline Nano 500 isn't Netgear's first 500Mb/s adaptor, but it is rather smaller, taking up 67 per cent of the space that the previous model does, launched this time last year.
The Nano 500 is based on the HomePlug AV spec, as are Netgear's previous 500Mb/s powerline products, but is compatible with the next-gen IEEE 1901 standard.
1901 is one of two competing specs - the other is G.hn, which was this week backed by Motorola - for next-gen powerline communications.
Netgear also touted the Nano's ability to auto-test the connection at any electrical outlet and display the results in the form of color coded LEDs to ensure that users can pick a specific electrical outlet in order to ensure the highest possible performance.
The XAVB5101 adaptor goes on sale as a two-unit kit later in Q1 for $160 in the US. There's no word on UK availability yet. ®
It's not about having a beard and being called a luddite
It's the fact that these things broadcast illegal amounts of inteference and the government body that is supposed to regulate this sort of thing is being paid off or just flat out ignoring the problem, even when the GCHQ spooks are telling them that it's a problem.
How much EMI/RFI does it create and on what bands?
Get you hoo.
You don't like the item being reviewed - doesn't make it "irresponsible journalism". And swearing rather undermines your point. Yes these do fire out a lot of radio interference, but in terms of sheer numbers how many radio ops are actually inconveinienced by one household's use of powerline wifi?
I now want to buy a whole raft of them.