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Netgear is also refreshing its powerline networking offerings. But since the DS2 and HomePlug factions refuse to make peace and settle on one powerline standard, the company is introducing high-speed products based on both technologies.

The XAVB101 Powerline AV Ethernet Kit (based on HomePlug AV) and HDXB111 Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (based on DS2-backed UPA) are both spec'd at a 200 Mbps raw data rate and aimed at supporting high-def video, gaming and VoIP applications. Both are $179 for a pair of adapters, with availability not mentioned.

As you can see in the photo below, the HDXB111 adpater features a pass-through outlet design and a "Standby" button that puts the adapter only (not whatever is plugged into it) into a power-saving standby mode. I suppose every bit counts when you're trying to be green, but the power you'll save with the adapter function is miniscule when compared to the "phantom" power that is drawn by whatever electronic appliance is plugged into the adapter.

HDXB111 Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit

HDXB111 Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit

Finally, Netgear said that it is getting into MoCA and Optical fiber technologies, with offerings primarily aimed at service providers. The MoCA Ethernet-to-Coax Bridge is based on the MoCA 1.1 specification and is spec'd at a raw data rate of 270 Mbps over standard home TV coax wiring. The adapter matches up with the WNMR834 Wireless-N MoCA Router that was also previewed.

The PF101 Plastic Optical Fiber Ethernet Adapter is a Ethernet-to-Fiber bridge that uses thin plastic optical fiber to delivers raw data speeds of 100 Mbps at distances up to 50 meters. It's intended to be yet another way to allow service providers to get around having to run CAT5e cabling or rely on all that wonderful wireless stuff that everyone is trying to assure them will provide trouble-free whole-house HD streaming. There is no pricing or availability on any of the MoCA or fiber products.

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