ZyXEL’s Powerline wireless extender expands Wi-Fi coverage throughout the home

Infotech Lead America:  ZyXEL Communications, a provider of secure broadband networking, internet access, connected home and routing products, has introduced the PLA4231 – a dual function Powerline Adapter and 802.11n Wireless Extender. The innovative device can extend an existing wireless network throughout the home or small office via an easy to use, Powerline connection.The PLA4231 plugs into any power outlet. It is powered with 500Mbps Powerline and 300Mbps Wi-Fi technology. The device has two Ethernet ports to enable easy internet access for HDTVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, PCs, and game consoles. This dual functionality enables the connected home family to stream videos, play games and internet browsing on tablets, laptops or smartphones anywhere at home, even in hard-to-reach places.

ZyXEL’s PLA4231 uses advanced Quality of Service features to improve the streaming quality of multimedia applications. Users can set up the device and connect to wireless devices easily and quickly using the setup wizard and a WPS button. A 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security secures Powerline communication.  The latest WPA2 standard takes care of security for Wi-Fi traffic. While extending wireless coverage, PLA4231 also eliminates dead spots.

“The new PLA4231 offers consumers enhanced functionality and value as it not only extends ZyXEL’s industry-leading line of Powerline appliances but extends any Powerline-based home network,” said Steven Joe, executive vice president for channel business for Americas at ZyXEL. “The dual function adapter allows consumers to enjoy HD media streaming over Powerline as well as the mobile convenience the built in 802.11n wireless connectivity provides.”

The PLA4231 is currently available from all major e-commerce sites and ZyXEL partners. The MSRP for the device is $90.

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