We made our annual customary visit to TRENDnet's suite at CES 2015. Just like last year, TRENDnet has put faith in the latest chipsets from Qualcomm Atheros, be it in the wireless networking front or powerline communication. Similar to TP-LINK's Archer C10, we have a AC2600 router in the form of the TEW-827DRU. It uses the QCA9980 - we get 4x4 MU-MIMO with 1733 Mbps in the 5 GHz band and 800 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. Four GbE LAN ports and one GbE WAN port make up the wired connections. The model also comes with detachable antennas and two USB 3.0 ports. The unit is expected to come to the market in May 2015 with a MSRP of $280. TRENDnet has also decided...

ZyXEL Launches SISO and MIMO HPAV2-based Gigabit Powerline Adapters

Last year, we saw the introduction of HomePlug AV2 (HPAV2) silicon from both Broadcom and Qualcomm Atheros. In conformance with the usual product development cycle, we saw the announcement...

8 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2014

Powerline Networking - End of the Road for G.hn?

I have been making it a point to catch up on the state of the powerline networking industry every CES, and this year was no different. In 2013, I...

28 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2014

Qualcomm Atheros Introduces QCA7500 HPAV2 Powerline Solution with MIMO Capabilities

In October 2012, Qualcomm Atheros introduced their first HomePlug AV2 (HPAV2) solution in the form of the QCA7450/AR1540 chipset. It did boast of theoretical speeds up to 500 Mbps...

9 by Ganesh T S on 10/21/2013

G.hn and HomePlug Head for Showdown

It has been a while since we covered PLC (powerline communication) technology here, but we took the opportunity to check up on the latest and greatest in the area...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2013

Netgear Selects Broadcom HPAV Solution for Powerline Products

HomePlug and G.hn are tussling it out to emerge as the de-facto powerline standard, but HomePlug has enjoyed a lot of success as the incumbent. In the North American...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

G.hn Gains Momentum with Marvell Silicon

We have covered the powerline networking battle between HomePlug and HomeGrid in a lot of earlier pieces. With demonstration of working silicon at CES 2011, G.hn finally emerged from...

11 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2011

Hands-On Powerline Networking: How Well (Or Not) Are Latest-Generation Devices Working?

Call me a Luddite, but I've always found the whole idea of setting up a dedicated wired connection just to get an AC-powered gadget connected to the network to...

53 by Brian Dipert on 9/1/2011

Sigma Designs Skini Platform: Home Convergence using Hybrid STBs

While smartphones are bringing about the personal convergence revolution, there is still a battle going on to determine the convergence product at the residential level. Sigma Designs, through various...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/20/2011

G.hn Silicon Emerges from Vaporware Territory

Powerline networking products are quite popular in the European and Asian markets compared to the US. The Western Digital Livewire product was the first powerline product reviewed by AnandTech...

19 by Ganesh T S on 2/2/2011

Netgear AV Series Set for Expansion

The first half of 2010 saw Netgear get started on their AV Series product line. Their intent was to create a set of products to enhance the consumer's home...

27 by Ganesh T S on 8/25/2010

Powerline Networking with the Western Digital Livewire

Almost all CE devices sold in the market today have some sort of connection to the Internet as well as the home network. The consumers' need to transfer data...

32 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2010

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