Netgear announced the release of their Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit. First is, HDXB111 which is designed for users seeking to stream HD video around the home. Network speeds are described as “up to 200 Mbps” (meaning nowhere near 200 Mbps) and this adaptor comes with a pass through electrical socket, meaning that you don’t lose one of your electrical outlets when you use the adaptor. Nice. Netgear claim that data transfer speeds with the HDXB111 are up to 12 times faster than previous Powerline releases thanks to built in QoS (Quality of Service).
The Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit XAVB101 looks very similar to the last revision of Netgear’s Powerline kit and also offers speeds of up to 200 Mbps. It doesn’t offer the fancy QoS tricks of the HDXB111, but still looks like it can push your HD video around nicely.
The HDXB111 is available in the US now, priced at $169.99 with the XAVB101 coming in slightly cheaper at $149.99