By Andrew Liszewski
The oh-so descriptively named BL-PA100KTA from Panasonic is another device that allows your home’s electrical wiring to serve double duty as network cable. It’s perfect for the homeowner who’s too lazy (or lacking the skills) to run ethernet cable and who doesn’t want to be bothered with remembering simple wifi codes.
The device uses Panasonic’s HD-PLC (High Definition Power Line Communication) technology to make setting up a network as easy as plugging this device and your PC into the wall. (Plus whatever setup is required by your modem and operating system.) You can use a maximum of 16 adaptors (recommended limit) on a single network and they have a communication distance of about 500 feet. The only downside I can see is that each HD-PLC adaptor takes up a power outlet, which is a precious commodity in most homes these days.