EnGenius to unleash a storm of networking gear for home and small business alike

Taiwanese company announces a full line of Wi-Fi and powerline products.

By Yardena Arar, PC World |  Networking

The powerline products are Homeplug AV-compatible but support faster speeds (up to 500mbps). The new line consists of the EPL500, a basic adapter with one 10/100 Ethernet port; the EPL550G, which has one gigabit Ethernet port; the EPA3520, which in addition to a single 10/100 Ethernet port also functions as an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point; and the ETA3005, a bridge with five gigabit Ethernet ports and a 802.11n access point. The 802.11n access points support only 2.4GHz operations.

The powerline devices are also due by spring. EnGenius will see them in kits (because you need one adapter to set up the powerline network on an existing router, and a second to connect a device to the network). The cheapest kit will consist of two EPL500 adapters for $80; the priciest will include an EPL550 adapter and the ETA3005 media bridge for $140.

Also by spring, EnGenius plans to offer cloud services to support its consumer and business product lines. The service for businesses will let you monitor and manage not only access points, but a planned line of managed switches to be announced shortly, while the consumer cloud service will let you play media files stored on devices connected to a Media Pod router. EnGenius says it will afford access to cloud services via either desktop browsers or mobile apps.

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