3 Aug 2006
Alan Stevens, IT Week, 03 Aug 2006
I get to look at a lot of networking products in my job and although nearly all claim to be easy to use, few actually are, even those aimed at teleworkers and branch offices. But I was sent a product recently that really did work straight out of the box and which made me rethink my attitude to a networking technology that, until that point, I had studiously tried to avoid.
The technology in question is powerline networking, also referred to as HomePlug, where data signals are carried over the AC mains wiring rather than a dedicated UTP network. And the reason I've always avoided it? The innumerable iterations of such systems in the past, all of which have turned out to be slow, unreliable and a general waste of cash.
This latest implementation, however, looks likely to be a lot more successful.
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