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Linksys Introduces HomePlug AV2 Powerline Networking Kit

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Rushden, UK - July 31, 2013 - Linksys today announced the availability of the compact Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit (PLEK500). The new HomePlug AV2 technology allows consumers to create a high speed network connection between two locations that is ready for high-bandwidth applications including HD / 3D video streaming and gaming by simply leveraging their existing power outlets. The new solution connects devices with speeds of up to 500 Mbps* when using computers, tablets, consoles and televisions throughout their home.

Forrester Research (Nasdaq: FORR), a global research and advisory firm reports that 75% of European adults access the internet regularly, with 64% accessing the internet from their living room, 44% from the bed room and 31% from the kitchen.1

"With numerous Internet-enabled devices such as computers, game consoles and set-top boxes entering today's homes, at times these devices require high-speed network connections that cannot be served by wireless network due to a home's construction," said Mohammad Meraj Hoda, vice president international, Linksys. "Our latest Powerline kit transforms any room's electrical outlet into a stable Internet access point for connected devices and provides the highest streaming and fast throughput speed. It helps eliminate cumbersome wiring throughout a home and serves as an economical, complimentary solution to wireless or Ethernet where Powerline might be the only option."

The Linksys PLEK500 provides a simple way to help extend the home network into rooms that may not have wired Internet connection or have a limited wireless signal due to building materials; such as concrete or steel. With easy setup software and simple plug-and-play technology, users can easily network their devices in minutes by connecting one of the powerline adapters via a gigabit Ethernet cable to a router and plugging it into the wall, then plug the second adapter into a device that needs to be connected to the network and the other end into an electrical outlet.

The Linksys Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit uses the latest HomePlug AV2 industry-standard technology to turn any home wall outlet into a powerful network connection. The white, compact, space-saving design of the PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 Kit blends in nicely with the wall and leaves room for other appliances to be plugged into the same outlet or power strip.

Features:

  • Kit includes two1-Port Network Gigabit Ethernet Adapters. (One for connecting to your home router and the other is for connecting a device to the network)
  • HomePlug AV2 technology provides better overall coverage and performance
  • Up to 500 Mpbs speeds - ideal for home entertainment solutions such as smart TVs, game consoles, media players and more
  • Power Save Mode for improved power efficiency
  • Space-saving design allows other devices to be plugged into the same outlet or power strip
  • New color for matching neutral baseboards and outlets
  • Backward compatible with HomePlug AV and GreenPHY

Availability

The PLEK500 is now available at major retailers for £89.00 MSRP.

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service.  Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit www.linksys.comlike us on Facebookfollow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.