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£32 Linksys by Cisco 200Mbps PowerLine Adapter

The Powerline AV Network Adapter lets you easily create a high-speed, HD video capable network, using the existing electrical outlets in your home. Now you don't have to drill holes in walls and climb through the attic or cellar to install network cables - just use the wires that already run through the building.

The Powerline AV Adapter connects computers or any other wired Ethernet device, using the HomePlug AV network standard. Adding a device to the network is as simple as plugging the Powerline AV Adapter into an electrical outlet, and connecting your Ethernet-equipped device using the included network cable.

Additional devices can be connected to the same network using additional Powerline AV Adapters plugged into an electrical outlet anywhere in the house.

Once your computers are connected to the network, they can share resources like printers and storage space, and all kinds of files - video, music, digital pictures, and documents. With up to 200Mbps data rates, you can play virtually lag-free head-to-head network computer games, and run applications like streaming standard or HD video, and Voice over IP telephony.

Plug your Internet connected router into a Powerline AV Network Adapter and you'll be able to get to the Internet from any Powerline AV attached computer in the house. Buy it from Ebuyer (opens in new tab) for only £32 including VAT and delivery.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.