Faster than speeding wi-fi: Linksys Powerline Networking deal

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The old saying is that hard-wired Ethernet is better than wireless networking, since a cable is always better than something over-the-air, which usually results in collisions and interference from other signals, and thus we have this great deal on Powerline networking.

The Linksys PLEK500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Kit (meaning it has two units for connectivitiy) is available for a low $89.99 -- including Free Shipping -- after using the Coupon Code "EMCXLWN79" at NewEgg.com. NewEgg charges sales tax in Calif., NJ, and Tenn.

Here is how the kit is described:

KEY FEATURES

  • Use your home’s existing power outlets to create a new internet connection for one of your high-performance HD devices.
  • Wired network expansion using existing electrical outlets
  • Easy setup
  • Connect 1 wired device
  • Up to 10x faster than Fast Ethernet

FEATURES

  • Up to 500 Mbps wired speed*
  • Gigabit 10X Faster than Fast Ethernet
  • Universal connectivity with 1 remote port
  • Connect devices with a push of a button
  • Instant wired connectivity for PCs, game consoles, Blu-ray players and other Ethernet-enabled devices
  • LED to indicate active internet connection
  • Compact white design discretely plugs into your power outlet
  • Perfect for creating a network connection anywaywhere in your home
  • For optimal performance, pair with any Linksys Wireless-N Router

The kit includes:

  • Two Linksys PLEk500 Powerline HomePlug AV2 1 Port Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Two Ethernet Cables

You might wonder why you should choose powerline networking rather than wifi. You might even wonder what powerline networking is.

Powerline networking generally consists of standalone modules that plug into your home's electrical circuitry via an outlet. Some say it is OK to use a power strip, but others say nay, and even if a power strip works, it may vary from OEM to OEM.

The electrical system in your home then works as a transport medium; one adapter is connected to the router, and the second somewhere else in the home, where it is sought out by its coupled adapter brother. The "destination" adapter can be attached to a switch to spread the Ethernet wealth.

Transmissions can be encrypted or unencrypted between the two adapters.

Powerline networking was introduced as part of the first HomePlug specification, HomePlug 1.0, back in 2001. It has since been replaced by HomePlug AV.

The HomePlug AV specification was introduced in August of 2005. It offers a peak data rate of 200 Mbs at the physical layer, and about 80 Mbs at the MAC layer. HomePlug AV interoperates with HomePlug.

HomePlug Green PHY is a subset of HomePlug AV that is intended for use in the smart grid.

HomePlug AV2 was introduced in January of 2012, it is interoperable with HomePlug AV and HomePlug GreenPHY devices and is IEEE 1901 standard compliant.

HomePlug Access BPL is a to-the-home broadband access technology.

This deal expires on Sept. 23.