SOURCE: Actiontec Electronics

October 15, 2008 12:05 ET

Actiontec Releases Second Generation MegaPlug AV Powerline Networking Adapter Enabling Network Connectivity Behind the TV

Tap the Potential of Your Home's Existing Electrical Wiring to Network Entertainment and Gaming Systems to Get the Most Out of Your Internet-Connected Devices

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - Today's technology is bringing broadband to the entertainment center. With more-and-more broadband-ready entertainment products on the market Actiontec Electronics has the solution, today announcing its Next Gen MegaPlug AV Ethernet Adapter, giving consumers an easy way to connect bandwidth-intensive multimedia devices throughout the home. The new adapter turns any electrical outlet into a high-speed Internet connection, instantly networking TiVO® or other DVR devices, satellite receivers, BluRay Disc™ players, Playstation® 3, XBOX 360®, and any other Ethernet-enabled device at speeds up to 200 Mbps.

Many devices on the market are shipped with Ethernet-ready connections allowing enhanced services including on-demand programming, receiving software and firmware updates, retrieving recorded videos on your PC, and viewing photos. Actiontec's MegaPlug AV taps into your home's existing wiring, enabling instant high-speed Internet connectivity wherever an electrical outlet is present. Unlike wireless networking where signal strength and outside interference can hamper the transmission of data, the MegaPlug AV converts your signal, sending the information over your house's electrical wiring. Your Internet's Ethernet connection is plugged into one MegaPlug AV and plugged into any existing electrical outlet while another MegaPlug AV is plugged into the nearest electrical outlet to your Ethernet-enabled device, allowing a steady, uninterrupted stream of data between the MegaPlugs. Up to 16 MegaPlug adapters can be added throughout the home.

"Home networks are becoming ubiquitous, but they still are not easy for the average consumer to understand. Configuration is not as simple as it should be. With more on-demand and streaming applications available around the entertainment center in your home, having a solid, reliable connection is key to being able to enjoy your movies or games without network hiccups," says Pat Hurley, Director of Research at TeleChoice, Inc., and author of "Home Wireless Networking for Dummies." "If you take a peek behind anyone's entertainment center most likely you will not find an Ethernet connection, but you will find an electrical outlet."

Based on the latest HomePlug AV standard for high-speed powerline networking, the MegaPlug AV Ethernet Adapters more than double the throughput rates of previous generation HomePlug solutions and 802.11g wireless networks. As a result, home theater owners and "gadgeteers" can enjoy a wealth of enriched content anywhere in the house -- in the family room, living room, bedroom, or office -- without having to string cumbersome Ethernet cables throughout the hallway, open up walls for an expensive rewiring project, or struggle with slow and spotty wireless connections.

Simplicity and security are at the core of the Next Gen MegaPlug AV Ethernet Adapters, combining simple plug-and-play connections and push-button advanced security features (128-bit Advanced Encryption Security) to protect personal data and eliminate the risk of network hijacking -- particularly critical in a dorm, condo, or apartment setting. No configuration is required and connecting to the internet is as simple as plugging an adapter into the power outlet and connecting it to the device. With Actiontec's unique push-button design, consumers with no home networking experience are able to connect and protect their network in seconds without having to work through complex user interfaces on the computer.

"Securing a network adds another level of complexity, often leaving networks left unsecure and vulnerable," adds Hurley. "Actiontec's 'push button' security solution makes security attainable for any user without relying on manuals, complicated configuration software or the 'techie' neighbor."

The Actiontec Next Gen MegaPlug AV Ethernet Adapter is available immediately at leading retail and ecommerce stores including Best Buy, Amazon and for $169.99 MSRP for the standard two-device set. The adapters support all operating systems including Mac OS® X Leopard and Windows® Vista™ and are compatible with any wired or wireless broadband router or gateway, satellite or cable set top box, or any device with Ethernet capability.

About Actiontec Electronics

Actiontec Electronics develops broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life -- delivering a unified experience that encompasses communications, entertainment, home management, and more. Actiontec offerings range from the market's broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company's carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit

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