HomePlug adaptor offers cheap, simple networking via the nearest power point and complements wireless technology

NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, has released an Ethernet-over-power adaptor called HomePlug that allows networking of computers and peripheral devices over standard electrical circuits in the home or office.

HomePlug adaptor offers cheap, simple networking via the nearest power point and complements wireless technology

NetComm, a leading Australian provider of communications products and solutions, has released an Ethernet-over-power adaptor called HomePlug that allows networking of computers and peripheral devices over standard electrical circuits in the home or office.

HomePlug allows home anyone to take advantage of their existing power wiring to network their computers and peripherals without the expense or complexity of having dedicated network cabling installed, said David Stewart, Managing Director of NetComm. If you can plug something into a power point, you can set up your network with a HomePlug. It offers true plug-and-play functionality and is also ideal for use in situations where network cabling could not be installed, even if you wanted to for example in heritage buildings, or structures with solid concrete walls or floors, he said.

There are many uses for the NetComm HomePlug:

  • Plug an ADSL modem router into a HomePlug and immediately share broadband Internet access to any room with a power point.
  • Connect up to 15 devices computers, printers, modem routers, etc into a HomePlug network.
  • Connect a gaming console to the Internet for online gaming.
  • Network a printer so that everyone in the house can print to it.

HomePlug is not a replacement for wireless, but a complementary product. In a wireless dead spot' the signal can be boosted by connecting a Wireless Access Point into a HomePlug in the area requiring coverage.

The product also comes with a PC software utility to turn on security to prevent eavesdroppers' from accessing the network.

HomePlugs must be on the same electrical circuit to communicate with one another. However, this is not an issue in most homes or commercial buildings because all of the power points usually run on one circuit while lighting is on a separate circuit.

The NetComm adaptor is based on the HomePlug 1.0 specification developed by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, an international organisation made up of leading information technology and consumer electronics manufacturers.

The other interesting aspect of this technology is that, in the future it will converge with consumer electronics to create entertainment networking', said David Stewart. It won't be long before you will be able to unpack your new flat-panel TV and simply plug it in to be instantly connected to your digital set-top box, DVD player, Digital Video Recorder, home theatre system and the Internet all without tripping over unsightly cables or puzzling over connections. We're already working on the next generation of products.

NetComm's HomePlug is now available from computer resellers at a recommended retail price of $199 (including GST). Product enquiries can be made to NetComm on (02) 9424 2070 or sales@netcomm.com.au.