Sunday, July 13, 2008

Panasonic Ethernet Adapter by Jeff Roy

If you want to set up a home network, you have two options. You can either go wireless, or if your house was prewired for it you can do a wired network. A wireless network is not as secure, but as most homes are not prewired for a home network since it tends to be an expensive upgrade, most people go with a wireless network. Now you can do a wired network without the traditional network wires. A new format is available that lets you use the existing electrical wires in your home in the walls that connects outlet to outlet to send data on through a home network. You need at least two adapters. One is the primary and one is the secondary. The primary one will hook up to your router and the main computer, the secondary one hooks up to your second computer and the network connection on the back of that computer. Now you can access the internet on your second computer. But it is not limited to just the internet. You can also share audio, video, and photos over your home network using these adapters. No additional software is needed. All I needed to do was plug the main adapter into the wall, and connect the Ethernet cable to my router. Then I plugged the second adapter into an outlet and then connected the Ethernet cable into the back of my second computer. It took a little while for the adapters to see each other, but once the connection between them was set up, I had internet access on my second computer. They worked pretty well. I tested the connection speed at 532Kb/s download speed, which was not as fast as my primary computer connected directly to my router but was still pretty good. Now you can have a cheap fully secured wired network. According to Panasonic, up to 16 of these adapters can be used together, and the maximum transmission speed is 190 Mbps theoretically. For more information, feel free to check out the information at Panasonic’s website at