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MacWireless offers 200Mbps over household wiring

updated 06:05 pm EDT, Sat April 19, 2008

Powerline Network Adapter

MacWireless.com has announced its new ultra-fast Powerline Network Adapter 200Mbps for Macs. Powerline networking allows users to route a network through the electrical lines that are already built into any home or office. Offering speeds up to 200Mbps, users can easily install an Ethernet network to other floors or rooms in the building without the need to run wires. The devices convert data from any computer into a signal that can be transmitted over standard AC wires. According to the company, the signal does not interfere with the ordinary current traveling through the wires and up to 16 devices can be used on a single network (up to 980 feet of electrical wire). The adapters, which do not require drivers, support Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X, and Windows.




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  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    You Have to buy 2...

    You have to purchase 2 of these to work, so it a $198.00 investment, not $99.00!

    They should sell as a PAIR at a slightly lower price then $198.00, and offer the singles at the $99.00 price. Kinda miss leading to see this great price, only to read the fine print on checkout that you need to purchase 2 of them. There are other companies that sell this too for half the price, and I'd be more interested if it was $99.00 for TWO.

  1. sadpandas

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    yeah thats kinda strange

    I have a studio in a different building about 60 feet away from my router and i only get 2 bars on my wireless out here, will this help boost my signal strength and speeds out here? I was looking into a repeater which does pretty much the same thing, right?

  1. TheBum

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Maybe

    The only way it would work is if the two buildings are on the same transformer and, even then, it would be dicey.

  1. sadpandas

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    expensive maybe

    :) i think ill just get that repeater then :). Thanks for the input.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    I agree...

    much too expensive at those prices (especially the 2 min. requirement). I'd just as soon get a couple more wireless routers to boost my signal strength. Sure, I give up some speed but not that much worth.

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  1. jasong

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    repeaters

    Each repeaters cuts your wireless speed in half. If it's not that far, just run an ethernet cable in between.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Theory vs. reality

    Jasong is correct that, from the theoretical PoV, having a wireless repeater -could possibly- reduce your wireless speed by 50%: if you were using the entire bandwidth from two (or more) computers at once. But a repeater, in and of itself, will not affect your wireless speed.

    Back on topic:check the Networking thread here for some info. There are a huge number of "gotchas" with the technology.

    BTW, I'm confused by the posts requesting a single station: there's no point in pushing your data traffic down the local power vendors throat if you can't pick it up someplace else, no?

  1. imagine engine

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    WDS networking

    Why not just get an Airport Extreme Base Station or Apple Time Capsule and use with either one or more Airport Express Base Station configured for a WDS 802.11 b/g/n network? Reference: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=AirPortUtility/5.1/en/ap2045.html

  1. dogzilla

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    I'm interested

    I'm interested in getting these - I've been bitten by the "base station extension cuts bandwidth in half" issue. I wish *that* was in something more than the fine print.

    At any rate, I agree that this price is on the expensive side. But then again, running cat-5 from my basement to my second floor isn't cheap either. I just don't want to blow $200 on something that works only when I'm not running my dishwasher or microwave or something.

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