Add a Hard-Wired Ethernet Port to Any Room in Minutes

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People can’t get enough Internet these days–and neither can some devices. Many now depend on an Internet connection in order to offer full functionality. In addition to HDTVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles, there’s probably at least one can opener for sale that has an Internet port.

Lots of devices offer enhanced functionality when connected to the Internet, but they can’t connect via Wi-Fi. In some cases, including certain gaming consoles, wireless connectivity can only be had with the addition of an expensive add-on hardware module. Even if Wi-Fi is available, wired Internet connectivity is still more reliable, faster and more secure. So it’s clear that wired Internet connections can still be quite useful.

Installing a wired Internet port is a task that can range from difficult to impossible, and it’s always expensive if you can’t do it yourself. But Linksys’ Powerline AV Network Adapter Kits can save the day. They let you set up wired Internet ports in just minutes without having to run cables or cut through walls—they transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring.

The Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kits let you transfer Ethernet traffic through your home's electrical wiring. The kits basically contain two modules that plug into outlets in your home and can then pass Ethernet traffic between them. One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys E-Series router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port. You then plug your TV, Blu-ray player or gaming console into this module’s RJ45 jack. The modules are powered bythe outlets into which they’re plugged, so there's no need for power cords or batteries.

The Linksys adapter kits provide 10/100 connectivity with speeds up to 200Mbps. That’s fast enough to quickly transfer large files or to stream HD video to your HDTV. The kits will connect to any device with an Ethernet port. And to prevent people in your building from freeloading off your Internet simply by plugging in their own powerline adapter, all you have to do is press a security button on each module to lock out unwanted users. In addition, 128-bit encryption between the adapters ensures that your network is secure.

Linksys offers two Powerline Network Adapter Kits. The Linksys Powerline AV 1-Port Network Adapter Kit adds a single Ethernet port to any room in your home, while the Linksys Powerline AV 4-Port Network Adapter Kit adds four ports, if say, you have a TV, Blu-ray player, gaming console and can opener that all like to be connected. Each kit comes with two Ethernet cables.

  Linksys PLEK400 Linksys PLSK400
Standards Homeplug AV 200 Mbps Homeplug AV 200 Mbps
Ethernet Speed 10/100 10/100
Ports 1 4
Buttons Standby/Reset, Pairing Standby/Reset, Pairing
Indicator Lights Power, Ethernet, HomePlug Power, Ethernet, HomePlug
Minimum System Requirements PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets  PC or other device with an Ethernet network port and two electrical power outlets 

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Hi, 

I have a cisco router, will this be compatible with it? Also do i only need the power extention in my room or another type of outlet?

Best Regards,

Ali.

Hi Ali -

One module plugs into an AC outlet somewhere near a Linksys (by Cisco) E-Series router, and then an Ethernet cable makes the data connection between the module and the router. The other module plugs into an AC outlet in the room where you want to add an Internet port.

Do the two outlets have to be on the same circuit  board?

They would need to be on the same circuit, yes.

I have a fiber connection for my home. But instead of only running wireless, I also want or am very interested to learn more about

Hi Lance -

Most residential installations are typically run over Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable.  You may be describing a fiber connection gateway to your home provided by Verizon FiOS (or other provider) for cableTV and internet suscribers.

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