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Belkin boosts HD streaming with Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

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June 23, 2009

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit

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As web viewing figures begin to put on serious weight, so grow the demands on households’ internet connections. Recent stats show that more than four in five people are watching more internet video than a year ago and the number of videos being viewed has ballooned 10-fold in a couple of years. But speed and bandwidth, which are critical to quality video streaming, remain issues. A product like Belkin’s new Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit adapter, however, is helping the challenge of delivering mass entertainment over the internet.

The Gigabit Powerline adapter uses the home’s existing powerline network to push multiple streams of HD entertainment super-fast through the electrical wiring. But it’s not only a smooth video stream that’s important to households. Reliability is top of people’s list of concerns.

Belkin has incorporated a Gigle Semiconductor’s mediaxtream chip to power its adapter and provide a stable and secure wireless connection. This is particularly important in reducing latency for the growing population of online gamers, which cries out for ultra-fast, high-quality video transmission.

If we’re talking numbers, the fastest powerline technology in the U.S. now runs at 200Mbps. Gigabit Powerline throttles that up to 1000Mbps.

With 84 percent of people reporting increased viewing, according to a 2008 IDC research survey, and the number of videos watched jumping from 10 billion to 100 billion in the two years from 2005 to 2007, the pressure is on to produce products like these that squeeze the utmost out of the existing communications technology.

The other appealing aspect to the adapter is the ease of setting it up. The adapter is plugged into the wall, at one end, and into any device with an available Ethernet port, such as a gaming console, set-top box or computer, at the other.

The Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit is now available in the U.S. (USD$150), and in Europe in early August.

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2 Comments

This item has been "unavailable" from Belkin's website from the day this post came up... starting to look like "vaporware".

Crazy that they announce a product, even have a website for it, but then don't manufacture it for sale.

Will keep waiting...

Doc

matthew.rings
28th July, 2009 @ 03:58 pm PDT

Yeah Belkin... gets into bed with internet companies, has an exclusive distribution of the said router modems, which you only get as a customer of the ISP with your account....

When your modem goes "Fffffffffffffffff" from a lightning strike....

Sorry... can't get a replacement from a corner store.

And they don't sell them to the public direct.

Too bad the ISP went out of business years ago.

NOT impressed with their marketing strategy and "exclusive" trading practices.

Mr Stiffy
25th May, 2011 @ 09:21 am PDT
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