updated 11:55 pm EST, Thu March 3, 2011
DHP-1320 boasts up to 200Mbps throughput
Using PowerLine technology, router and modem maker D-Link unveiled the Hybrid Wireless N PowerLine Router, also known as the DHP-1320, a networking solution for extending wired and wireless home networks using a home's existing electrical wiring. The 802.11n 300 device offers throughput of up to 200Mbps and uses the Atheros Hy-Fi chipset to expand coverage and simplify setup and management.
The device is aimed at helping to extend Ethernet or Wi-Fi networks into what would otherwise be "dead zones" either too far away from the router, too heavily shielded (like a basement or attic) or too impractical to string additional wiring to. The D-Link device provides previously unreliable areas with bandwidth sufficient for HD video, gaming, VOIP and other uses, turning the existing electrical system into an extended Ethernet network.
The DHP-1320 is simply connected to the high-speed cable, DSL or satellite modem, then plugged into an electrical outlet -- instantly distributing broadband to every electrical outlet in the home. PowerLine adapters are then used to connect computers and other internet devices either through a wired or wireless connection.
The DHP-1320 comes with three 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet ports, supports WPA2 wireless encryption (the PowerLine network itself is also protected using 128-bit AES security), and easy network configuration. The unit also supports IPv6 for future-proofing. Accessories include a PowerLine AV 4-port switch, a Wireless N extender and Network Starter Kit. The DHP-1320 itself costs $130, and the various adapters range from $100 to $140.