Having Wi-Fi woes indoors? Then you may be considering getting a Powerline Ethernet connection kit. But before you dive into your pockets for a set-up from NetGear or Devolo, take a look at this new solution from a company called Power Ethernet.
Aimed at offices but available to consumers too, it replaces the standard double-gang wall socket found around your home with one that offers a single plug socket alongside four ports for Powerline Ethernet connectivity.
As anyone who uses Powerline networking will tell you (myself included), it offers a much more stable and faster web connection than Wi-Fi does. Instead of travelling over the air it sends the web data across the electrical wiring of your house.
Some Powerline networking boxes (which usually plug into a spare wall socket around your home) can be a bit chunky, but with the Power Ethernet sockets fitted directly into your wall, they'll fit anywhere that an electrical connection can be found.
The Power Ethernet ports also offer a few other enhanced features, such as better filtering from things like fridges which can disrupt standard Powerline and, as it's closer to the ring main, transfer speeds nearer to the 200MBps maximum often touted but rarely reached.
"The Power Ethernet socket is a true game changer for the electrical industry," said Power Ethernet Managing Director, Daniel Rogoff.
"For the first time, electricians and electrical contractors can start specifying and installing data networks for customers without specialist cabling knowledge. From Connected TVs and games consoles to CCTV and IP phones, there are a rapidly growing number of IP enabled devices in homes and workplaces that need high-speed, physical network connections. I'm very excited to be launching a product that enables the electrical industry to play a big role in satisfying that demand."
Priced at £144 (including VAT) you can find out more by clicking here.