Netgear Adds Ethernet to Wi-Fi and 500Mbps Powerline Adapters

Posted by at 9:32 am on March 1, 2010

Netgear used CeBit to add more products to its network hardware line-up.

First is an Ethernet to Wireless Adapter. Netgear pitches the WNCE2001 as the smallest wireless bridge of its kind and it can be powered entirely by a USB port if the attached device has one. It supports 802.11n and uses WPS for security.   There is also a Push -˜N’ Connect function to secure a connection to the existing network at a push of a button.

It will ship in May for $79.

New HomePlug Products

Wire-only users in turn get two powerline networking options. Both the Powerline AV 500 and Powerline AV+ 500 are some of the fastest networking devices to use a power line for connection- transmitting up to 500Mbps.   Most other power line adapters max-out at 200Mbps or less.

The adapters still support any non-Netgear adapters that support HomePlug and have LEDs that can indicate the quality of the signal before users commit to using a wall outlet for the network. The AV+ model separates itself from the regular version   by including a filtered pass-through plug for other devices that might need power from the same outlet.

Neither powerline adapter ships until summer and pricing will be known closer to that point.

Powerline AV 500
Powerline AV 500
Powerline AV+ 500

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