Devolo today announced their new dLAN 1200+, the fastest Powerline networking adaptor in their range with Gigabit-class data transmission. The latest adaptors double the speed of the dLAN 650 by using a combination of Devolo range+ technology, the newest generation of Powerline chips and MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology, offering a maximum of 1200 Mb/s. This is ideal for anyone wanting to stream 4K video but doesn’t have a network point close to their UltraHD TV.
With the Powerline adaptors on all the time, Devolo has kept the power consumption low. When in use, the dLAN 1200+ uses a maximum of 4.2 W, and if the connected device, e.g. TV, is switched off, the adapter automatically goes into standby mode, using just 0.7 W. If security is a concern, users can also activate 128-bit AES encryption to avoid any unauthorised access to the network.
As can be seen from the pictures, the dLAN 1200+ is equipped with a gigabit Ethernet connection and an integrated electrical socket with mains filter. It’s fully compatible with all previous dLAN models, though the maximum speed will be limited by the slowest adaptor.
The adapters can be purchased as a starter kit for setting up a home network or as individual adapters to extend an existing network. The starter kit is priced at GB£119.99, while the single adapter costs GB£64.99. Devolo will be officially unveiling this new range of products at the IFA Conference in Berlin from 5th-10th September.
Hmm, these might be my next upgrade – hopefully they’ll be available before Christmas.
HomeGrid Forum may not be a household name, but if you are looking to build-out the best home network imaginable then you may want to check out their technology. HomeGrid Forum is made up of many major companies from around the world such as AT&T, Intel, Best Buy, Motorola, Marvell, and others.
Using G.hn, a home networking standard that you can learn more about from Wikipedia, you can stream up to 1 gigabit of data across any wire in your home. That means everything now becomes a potential network connection – power outlets, coax connectors, and phone jacks – creating a whole-home smart grid.
Products are now coming to market that will make all of this work. Consumers just need to look for products with the HomeGrid Forum logo on them to know that they are compatible. Products from different vendors and even different chipset makers will all work flawlessly together. HomeGrid Forums promises this new technology will be priced to compete with current solutions already on the market. You can get more information at HomeGrid Forum and see demos of the technology in use in the video below.
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