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MicroLink dLAN, Streaming Music Through Electric Sockets

By David Ponce

There are a few ways to stream the music from your computer to a sound system someplace in your house. You can run bulky wires and make holes in your drywall. That’s fun. You can purchase the Airport Express from Apple. And now, you can use the existing electrical outlets in your home!

The Microlink dLAN Audio from German company Devolo AG is a very cool system that comes in two units. The MicroLink dLAN Ethernet Adapter connects to your computer and plugs into an electrical socket. Then, the MicroLink dLAN Audio Adapter completes the connection by plugging into another socket, anywhere in the house and then matching up with your sound system.

You can then stream audio up to 200meters in 192kbps stereo quality without drilling any holes, or pissing off any wives. If you want to stream the music from one computer to three different rooms for instance, simply purchase a couple of additional Audio Adapters… no need to buy the Ethernet Adapter again.

It’s very, very cool, and will cost you about $160. Check out the product page. Story VIA TRFJ.







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8 responses to “MicroLink dLAN, Streaming Music Through Electric Sockets”

  1. Justin says:

    I just wired my whole house with RG-6 and Cat6 Ethernet for less than $160. That’s a waste!

  2. Coop says:

    Nice product. Is there something similar that works in the US?

  3. seventoes says:

    seems like a cool idea, but not very practical.

  4. Doug Berger says:

    I think it’s a great idea. Not practical? Here’s anoter story on this topic: http://www.gadgetell.com/entry/47

  5. Mike says:

    What’s not practical about it? For someone who doesn’t want to go through the hassle of setting up a wireless network just to get their music from their PC to their sound system, this is ideal.

    I emailed the company and there are no plans as of now to market a version that works in the US. That’s a shame.

  6. Jeremy says:

    I wouldn’t be pleased with this. Only 192Kbps? Plus, does it send the data through the power lines or through the air? I’ve seen the wireless modems that send the signal through the power lines, and those get really bad static.

  7. […] It’s not the first time I post about something that uses your home’s electric wiring to transmit data. Last time it was the Microlink dLAN Ethernet Adaptor. The point of that one was to stream music to far-off rooms of your home. But really, there’s no reason to stop there. Why just music? […]