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Powerline, WiFi range extenders and NAS will be big sellers this Xmas says ZyXEL

Retailers and e-tailers can benefit as consumers catch onto the extra performance and convenience that add-on solutions for home networking offer

November 26, 2012


ZyXEL Communications, a leading supplier of networking and communications solutions, is predicting strong sales of Powerline networking devices, WiFI range extenders and NAS appliances this Christmas season, as more home users catch onto the improvements that these add-ons deliver to the home networking experience.


With the latest Powerline devices now offering performance levels of up to 500Mpbs over normal household electrical cabling, they offer significantly higher speeds than 802.11g WiFi, which provides up to 54Mbps. Similarly, WiFi extenders can be used to boost WIFi signals in parts of the household that are some distance from the router, while NAS appliances provide the perfect storage solution for users that want to retain a collection of videos and images for immediate use, and backup their files safely on a regular basis.


ZyXEL’s sales of products in all three categories have been growing strongly over past year and the company is expecting a further surge in demand over the festive season, says Antony Byford, UK and Ireland Channel manager for ZyXEL.


“People are really catching onto Powerline, WiFi extenders and NAS. Powerline is excellent for gamers who really want to improve speeds off the router to their bedroom or gaming room, or to new smart TVs – and the word is unquestionably spreading amongst that community. Wireless range extenders are great for living areas, kitchens, garages or the top floors in three – or four-storey houses, where the wireless signal gets weak due to distance from the router, walls and interference, and NAS is just ideal for home users that need a simple, cost-effective, high-capacity storage device.


“We have seen our sales of all three categories growing throughout 2012 and we are expecting the uptake to gather even more pace ahead of Christmas, as people start to turn their thoughts to home entertainment. That’s why we are advising our retail and e-tail partners to stock up now – and to give these products a high profile in their stores and online.”


ZyXEL has a range of affordable, high-performance products in all three of these areas. Its flagship Mini Powerline Ethernet Adapter – the PLA4201 – is about the same size as a mobile phone charger and is perfect for stable HD streaming and faster connections between gaming consoles, smart TVs or other devices and the home router. At around £30, it is also superb value for the customer, who benefits from massively improved performance.


The company’s WRE2205 Wireless N300 Range Extender is a similarly compact device that makes it fast and easy to extend an existing 802.11 b/g/n wireless network. ZyXEL’s NSA series of media servers make it easy to store, access, share and playback content on any connected device in the home. Easy expansion, RAID features, an optional UPS and great energy efficiency make these affordable appliances an increasingly popular choice for consumers.


All ZyXEL’s products for the home are available from the company’s UK and Ireland distributors immediately. For more information visit