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HomePlug the ultimate Do-it-yourself networking technology

If you're anything like me, you are not known for your Do-It-Yourself capabilities. In fact the only tools that have ever crossed my hands are of the software persuasion. On the very rare occasions that I have ever attempted any sort of DIY, has ended up in a complete mess, and has often resulted in having the hire very expensive help in first sorting out the mess created, then secondly to get the job done right.

When I told my wife that I was going to build a computer network in the house, that she was filled with in-trepidation. So much so she insisted on ensuring our house insurance was completely covered for the year before I started.

It turns out she didn't have to worry. In fact the whole job was over before she even knew it started. There was no swearing, no injuries and more crucially there was no sign of mess. All thanks to HomePlug.

HomePlug or as it also refered to "powerline" networking just may be the easiest and most convenient way to extend an existing home network, because they utilize your existing electrical wiring.

Using your existing electrical circuitry enables HomePlug networking products to expand a home or small business network anywhere where there is an available electrical wall outlet. It will ensure that no room in the house/Office is beyond the reach of the network. Homeplug will enable you to share your Internet connection with devices in the garage, kitchen, the den, the basement, the garden or even your Warehouse.

The greatest advantages of HomePlug network adapters is their pure ease, simplicity & speed of installation. Before HomePlug networking, wiring up a house for Internet access involved the costly and complicated task of running of Ethernet cables behind the walls and under the floors to every room. With HomePlug networking, all that is needed to connect one room to another are two or more HomePlug adapters. Connect one of the adapters up to your broadband router or gateway, and you'll have Internet access in the room where the other adapter is plugged in with no hassles.

HomePlug hubs provide users with additional Ethernet ports, increasing the flexibility of the network, while further network expansion can be achieved with HomePlug wireless network extenders. Wireless network extenders piggy-back on the HomePlug network and send out a wireless signal, allowing devices with wireless network access to join the home network.

HomePlug adapters approach speeds of up to 200 Mbps 500Mbps and now even 1GB, enabling more than enough bandwidth to transfer even the largest multimedia file without any appreciable lag time.

If you've dreamed of connecting your PlayStations or Xboxes together to create an instant gaming network, or have always wanted to use an older computer as an out-of-sight home server, but considered the obstacles too great to overcome, HomePlug networking is the solution for you. There's no need to be a certified network administrator, no holes to punch in the walls, no cabling strewn all over the floor. Simply plug in and network; what could be simpler than that?

Gary Woodfine
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