Friday, January 27th 2012

Power Ethernet Launches PE Socket, Integrates Power and Network To The Wall Socket

British technology start-up, Power Ethernet, has launched the ‘PE Socket’, the first product to integrate Powerline networking technology directly into an electrical socket. The PE Socket provides a simple and professional way of specifying high-speed data network connectivity throughout a building by using electrical cabling. The ‘PE Socket’ is available from leading electrical resellers including CPC and Rapid Electronics.

Based on the HomePlug AV standard for Powerline networking, Power Ethernet’s all-in-one PE Socket combines four Ethernet network ports, a fully-managed network switch and filtered power socket into a single device. It fits a UK Standard 35mm double gang metal back box and uses a building’s electrical wiring to create a high-speed and secure data network for connecting computers, Voice over IP phones, Internet-connected TVs and digital signage, home automation and entertainment systems, building management systems, CCTV cameras and other Ethernet connected-devices.

Power Ethernet’s PE Socket is unique in integrating Powerline into the electrical fabric of a building and its sockets. It’s a professionally engineered, reliable Powerline solution which has been aesthetically designed to ensure that the sockets can be installed in the most prominent of positions. This enables the creation of a high speed network without the need and the disruption of running specialised cabling.

In Greenfield sites, the Power Ethernet system removes the cost of specifying and installing additional cabling to provide network connectivity. In Brownfield sites, it also removes the costs of making good the installation of additional data cabling and reduces disruption by using existing electrical cabling. It can be used as a complete, backbone network for residential buildings, providing Internet and data connectivity for devices and home automation systems. In commercial buildings it can be used as a simple way of extending existing networks to accommodate demand for new device connections or creating sub-networks to support deployments of IP-based phones, CCTV cameras, building management systems or digital signage.

Power Ethernet managing director, Daniel Rogoff said: “Powerline offers such a simple and cost-effective solution to the challenge of connecting the growing number of Internet-enabled devices used in homes and businesses. However, we quickly realised that Powerline needed a professional makeover for it to reach its full potential as a networking technology. By integrating Powerline directly into the electrical fabric of a building, with the PE Socket, we are able to offer a reliable, simple and elegant approach to specifying Powerline networking. Best of all the PE Socket is designed to be installed by electricians without them having to learn data networking skills.”

The Power Ethernet socket supports speeds of up to 200Mbps across mains cabling and distances of up to 300 metres between sockets. The filtered power socket is designed to reduce the effect of electrically noisy devices that may be plugged into it in order to provide the highest network rates across the Powerline network.

Installing two or more PE Sockets instantly creates a high speed, secure Ethernet network running across the existing electrical mains cabling. More devices and additional rooms can be easily added to the network simply by installing additional PE Sockets so creating a truly flexible, affordable networking solution.

A Power Ethernet network includes the advanced networking features needed for commercial deployments, such as support for voice and video over IP, security (128 bit AES), device prioritisation (Quality of Service) and network segmentation (virtual LANs). With a fully-managed network switch on each socket, the Power Ethernet system integrates easily with existing enterprise networks.
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13 Comments on Power Ethernet Launches PE Socket, Integrates Power and Network To The Wall Socket

#2
Quantos
It actually runs on the electrical wiring? Wow, that's brilliant! :eek:
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#3
_JP_
Needs schuko version. Pronto!
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#4
TinyRK
Meh, UK only so far!? :cry:
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#5
KieranD
Powerline Ethernet Adapters have existed for a long time, this is just a more compact version with the Ethernet right on the socket.
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#6
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
WAHEY!

I'm going to fill my flat with these beauties.

UPDATE: Not at £120 exc VAT each I'm not.

:(
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#7
repman244
I heard that you get high ping and it really depends on the quality of the wiring, but that's just something I heard...
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: repman244
I heard that you get high ping and it really depends on the quality of the wiring, but that's just something I heard...
Its better than Wireless in a lot of situations, but sometimes worse too...

Powerline Ethernet won't replace a true ethernet network, but in an office setting with a bunch of desktop if I had to choose between PE and Wireless, I'd go PE every time.
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#9
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
i wonder if integrating the plc with the electrical outlet directly cuts down on noise....
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#10
wrathchild_67
Bah why didn't they at least use the new 500Mbits/s standard? With that one you can at least get 100Mb/s as the average speed. With full duplex you can get about 150Mb/s and max out the bandwidth amongst several connections at about 240Mb/s. With the old 200Mb/s standard, you'd be extremely lucky to break 60Mb/s...
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treehouse
by: repman244
I heard that you get high ping and it really depends on the quality of the wiring, but that's just something I heard...
i have 4 in my house and the ping i get is ever so slightly better than wireless, your mileage may vary depending on house circuitry
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: wrathchild_67
Bah why didn't they at least use the new 500Mbits/s standard? With that one you can at least get 100Mb/s as the average speed. With full duplex you can get about 150Mb/s and max out the bandwidth amongst several connections at about 240Mb/s. With the old 200Mb/s standard, you'd be extremely lucky to break 60Mb/s...
In my experience the difference between 500Mb/s and 200Mb/s PE connections is very minimal. The only time the 500Mb/s ones really show a difference is when the two adapters are very close to each other, like in the same room. Once you start going across circuits the two perform nearly identically. Even in my house which is only about 8 years old.

So in an office environment I don't see that being an big issue, especially if the alternative is wireless.
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#13

I've been looking at that plug-in types mainly because I want to be able to route a tv signal and control the dvr with a universal remote from another room. But it seems that few of these solutions include an infra-red bridge of any kind. Many years ago I'd gotten a pair of strictly A/V powerline transmitters and one of their best features was this ability. It's shame that more units don't have this.
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