According to a press release from Western Digital, research by Parks Associates indicates that 42% of the consumers unwilling to connect their TVs to the Internet felt that either the router connection is too far away, or that it would be too complicated to set up, or both. WiFi does help solve the connection problem, but unless you get an 802.11n system, you’ll be limited to a theoretical 54 Mb per second which may not be fast enough for some applications including high definition video. Running network wires to your television can also be an expensive hassle. But there is a third option.
The Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit from Western Digital is designed to solve this problem. It uses new HomePlug AV technology that provides up to 200 Mbps throughput simply by plugging the devices into electrical power outlets in your home. One device connects to your router and gets plugged into an outlet, and then you just plug the other device into an outlet near your television and make the network connection. You can even connect four separate network devices — such as a game console or Blu-ray disc player — to the remote device.
With more than 37 million Internet-capable devices expected in U.S. homes by the end of this year, according to Parks Associates, more consumers will be looking for an easy and reliable way to make the connection to their high-speed broadband service. HomePlug AV compatible devices like the Livewire kit could be just what many of them need. They still are not as fast as a gigabit Ethernet connection, but they should be fast enough for most applications.