NETGEAR and DS2 have entered into a partnership to bring powerline networking to Mac OS X users. The partners are developing a 200 Mbps Powerline HD Plus adapter for Mac OS X.
Powerline networking products, which allow PCs and other devices to be networked over a home’s power lines, usually require configuration software to be installed on the computer, to allow the user to manage network operations and perform tasks such as adding devices.
Most Powerline products do not come with a Mac OS X version of this software. This effectively excludes Mac users from the benefits of powerline networking.
NETGEAR Powerline HD Plus eliminates the need to install this software. Users can simply push a button on each powerline adapter in order to securely add devices to the network.
The adapter features a protocol which creates a unique random key. This is shared by all a user’s powerline adapters and ensures that data is transmitted securely using DS2’s 256-bit AES encryption,
The adapter also features an indicator which gives instant information about the network’s performance, and a pass-thru power socket which ensures that enough sockets are available to power peripherals.
Powerline HD Plus allows Mac OS X users to stream music, photos or HD video from iTunes to an Apple TV media player or NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000).
The adapter is based on DS2’s AITANA chipset and is backwards compatible with NETGEAR’s Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter (HDX101) and other powerline products based on the Universal Powerline Association (UPA) standard.
The NETGEAR Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter (HDX111) recently won the Best of Innovations Award in the Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Awards program at CES 2008.
The adapter was placed first in the home networking category, after being assessed on the quality of its engineering and design, its unique and novel features, user value, and contribution to consumers’ quality of life.