- Actiontec HomePlug (HomePNA) Networking Kit
If it weren't for the now affordable and very common wireless networking technology we have to play with these days, this HomePNA networking kit from Actiontec would be a very nice option for many people i'm sure. It allows you to network a couple of PC's via your standard wall power socket, doing away with running CAT5 cable across your house. The maximum bandwidth of 14Mbps from this technology is nothing to get excited over but would still be more than enough for all your basic needs. PCStats give it the rundown for us today.
The first iteration of this 'household networking' technology you might remember used installed phone lines to shift data. This method of networking has now been standardized as HomePNA, but never really caught on due to the scarcity of phone jacks in the typical home. A second idea was to use the copper power lines that have been a standard in every North American home since the 1930's to transfer data. This method had the distinct advantage of allowing users to plug into any wall socket when networking, but was initially slower than using the phone lines. Recently though, the HomePlug power line networking standard was adopted, capable of a reasonable 14Mbps maximum bandwidth while maintaining the 'any wall socket' convenience of the technology.
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