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ZyXEL set to take Powerline mainstream with new 500Mbps Mini Ethernet Adapter

Smallest device on the market delivers 500Mbps technology at 200Mbps price and 60 percent performance improvement – ideal for high-speed gaming and home entertainment

May 30, 2012


ZyXEL, a leading supplier of networking and communications solutions, has announced the UK availability of the PLA4201 – a compact, high-performance Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter that delivers 60 per cent more performance than previous offerings and thus provides home users with the extra speed they need to support high-speed gaming and media streaming.


The PLA4201 Powerline adapter is designed to deliver the high data transfer rates specified by the IEEE1901 500Mbps technology standard – but at the same price you’d expect to pay for 200Mbps technology. It delivers reliable speeds that are up to 60 per cent faster in average home environments than the HomePlug AV 200Mbps offerings that have been widely available to date. This makes it much better suited for use with high-speed, real-time entertainment and video. Even better, the PLA4201 delivers this extra performance at comparable prices to the previous technology. The RRP for the standard version of the PLA4201 is only £39.99 (inc VAT).


About the same size as a normal charging unit for a cellular phone, the PLA4201 is the smallest Powerline adapter yet to appear on the market. This makes it much less obvious and obtrusive when being used to connect gaming consoles, HD TVs or multimedia PCs in any home environment.


The PLA4201 is the first model in a new series of Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapters that ZyXEL plans to launch over the next few months, and is set to take the market by storm, says James Harris, Product Marketing Manager at ZyXEL. “This is a break-though product and one that will take 500Mbps Powerline into the mainstream. It is fast, affordable and it works. Demand for high quality media and graphics streaming is growing and we’ve already seen sales of our Powerline products increasing. We are expecting this product – and the extended range we plan to deliver over the next few months – to re-energise demand for Powerline and make it a much more significant technology in the networking market.”


The new technology could also be usefully deployed in smaller businesses, Harris points out, “the PLA4201 provides affordable plug-and-play networking and a very efficient and cost-effective way for home users to extend wireless coverage over a wider area, simply by using Powerline to connect a wireless hub to a second access point.  It makes simple networking easy and affordable and, with speeds of up to 500Mbps, practical as well.”


As well as delivering significantly improved performance and reliability over HD media streaming, the PLA4201 provides assured stability and quality for multiple concurrent gaming, video and web steams. The device also supports QoS enabling simple prioritisation of bandwidth-intensive applications, such as online gaming and video and VoIP.  Strong protection is provided by support for 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES).


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