Who Could Overlook This Monster?
There are always items at the Consumer Electronics Show that just do not seem to get the attention that you would think they deserve. This year, I would like to nominate the PowerNet system from Monster Cable's Digital Life division for that dubious honor.
The overlooked problem of all of the connected televisions, home appliances, electric meters and others that were showcased at the CES is the fact that they are connected and require network access. Simply, the PowerNet system seeks to solve the problem of providing wired ethernet to locations without dedicated wiring.
By attaching the starter unit to any outlet and your router every outlet becomes a potential wired ethernet port by connecting another module. Visit the PowerNet Web page to see the current selection of modules available. According to Monster, the system "gives you double the speed, six times the range, and greater security with secure 128 Bit AES encryption."
The units are fairly small and most include Monster's own "Clean Power" system, removing interference on the wiring that can reduce network transmission speed.
I see a tremendous benefit to both consumers and experts alike; running ethernet cable in a finished space is intrusive, unattractive and expensive. The ability to "watch HD movies without frustrating waits, play online multiplayer games free from glitches, and serve up videos, pictures, and music to any room in your house" is now yours.