Monday, 25 October 2010 18:04

Netcomm's Powerline powers up Foxtel


Netcomm has entered into a supply agreement with Foxtel for Foxtel's subcsribers to 'be among the first to benefit' from NetComm's 200Mbps Powerline Adapters. These let consumers connect their Foxtel iQ boxes to their network for video on demand services, without installing additional cables, thanks to Netcomm's 200Mbps powerline technology.

Netcomm's 200Mbps Powerline Adapter, the NP204, is not only one of the fastest powerline networks you can create, so electrical wires can become a high speed wired network for your PCs and other devices, but also comes with an AC Pass-through with special filtering technology, giving you back the power socket traditional powerline adapters take up when used.

Netcomm's press release says the deal will 'give Foxtel customers a cost effective method to connect their Foxtel set-top-box to the Internet with no changes to their existing Internet network set up.

'By simply plugging NetComm's 200Mbps Powerline Adapters into any power point, users will easily be able to connect their FOXTEL iQ box to the Internet with no setup or configuration required.

But what about the requirement for the powerline adapters to be on the same circuit? I contacted Netcomm, and a spokesperson told me that: 'Powerline adapters work over multi-phase power, but if they're connected to different circuit breakers then they won't work. Powerline adapters will work in a high majority of households.'

From November 15, Netcomm's powerline adapters will be available by calling Foxtel, where you'll be able to get a pack of two adapters for $80, something that's clearly a good discount over regular retail prices where that price would normally be for a single unit.

Netcomm's press release continues: 'To assist with the delivery of Foxtel On Demand Internet TV service, this agreement will allow Foxtel customers to take advantage of the service without having to install additional cabling in their homes. 

'This compact device is the size of an average power adapter and can be easily concealed behind an entertainment unit. The device connects directly into an existing powerline network and therefore guarantees a strong signal without the need for new cabling, power boards or double adapters.

'Unlike traditional powerline adapters in the market that take up two power points, the NP204 features a built-in AC pass-through giving users back a power point to utilise for other products.

'Advanced filtering will ensure that the data signal will not be disrupted by electrical noise from these devices. Enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) also provides guaranteed bandwidth reservations for multimedia IP streams.'

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Netcomm's General Manager, Danny Morrison, naturally welcomed the deal and said:

'With an upsurge of Internet devices being used in the home, it is important that Australians can experience the benefits of simple, fast and reliable online networking using their existing infrastructure.

'As a global leader in networking technology we released our first powerline product in December 2005 and have since created a more advanced range with data rates of up to 200Mbps.

'The very latest technology incorporates wireless N; and in our quest to remain at the forefront of technological innovation we continue to work on delivering even faster data transfer speeds,' Mr Morrison concluded.

As noted, Netcomm's 200Mbps Powerline Adapter is available to FOXTEL subscribers in a dual pack for a one-off cost of $80 each inc GST.

Netcomm advises that the offer is 'exclusive to FOXTEL subscribers only and they must call FOXTEL direct on 131 999 to order the device.'

Finally, it's great to see powerline technology continuing to evolve!

It's a shame it didn't work out so that energy companies could become ISPs, which would have meant our existing energy grid could have become our national broadband network, but for use in the home, powerline adapters are clearly here to stay and are a genuine alternative to additional wiring in the home, and to supplement existing wireless networks.

So, if you need to wire up your Foxtel box and a lack of a close-by router has been an issue, Netcomm's Powerline adapter deal with Foxtel could well be coming at exactly the right time, and at the right price!



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