On Tuesday TRENDnet announced the latest adapter in its 500 Mbps Powerline AV series, the "Compact" TPL-407E. This small adapter features a built-in outlet so that users haven't lost a power connection when the gadget is plugged into the wall. Its form factor is also extremely low profile and about half the size of comparable solutions.
The Powerline AV system expands the user's current home or office network by sending data up to 500 Mbps through the building's electrical system. Consumers need at least two to make this system work: one "transmitter" adapter plugged into an outlet near the router, and one "receiver" adapter plugged into an outlet near a PC regardless where it is in the house or office. Data is transferred via an Ethernet cable from the router to the transmitter, and then through the electrical system to all receivers.
"TRENDnet adapters automatically connect to each other over a secure encrypted signal with no required CD installation," the company said. "For additional security, press the Sync button to change existing encryption keys. Embedded power saving technology lowers power consumption by up to 70-percent in standby mode-resulting in measurable power savings, given that the adapters are always plugged in."
By itself, the TPL-407E has a MSRP of $64.99. However the company also offers a 500 Mbps Compact Powerline AV Adapter Kit -- the TPL-407E2K -- for $109.99. Both will be available from TRENDnet's online and retail partners this coming October.
Other products in TrendNET's 500 Mbps AV series includes the 4-port adapter (TPL-405E), an adapter kit with bonus outlet (TPL-402E2K), and more.