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New WD kit offers instant high-speed Internet

Dubai, August 30, 2010

Western Digital (WD), a leader in external storage solutions, has unveiled a network solution that enables using existing electrical outlets to extend secure and reliable high-speed Internet connections throughout the home.

The WD Livewire Powerline AV network kit enables consumers to easily and affordably deliver HD video streams to the home theater, transfer large files or play multi-player online games, all without running network cables around the home.

With four ports on each of two adapters included in the kit, the WD Livewire Powerline AV network kit offers users the ability to connect their router and up to seven additional devices to their high-speed network.

According to research from Parks Associates, an increasing number of consumers own connected devices such as HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles and digital media players such as the WD TV Live Plus HD media player.

By the end of 2010, Parks Associates forecasts consumers will own 111 million of these devices, with 37 million Internet-capable devices in the US alone, but “connecting” them can be challenging and costly.

In a recent Parks Associates survey, 42 per cent of respondents unwilling to connect their TVs to the Internet indicated that either their router was too far from the device or it would be too complicated to set up or both.

“Consumers are accumulating an increasing number of Internet-capable connected TVs, video game consoles and media players providing access to exciting online content through services such as YouTube,” said Saif Khwaja, sales director, Western Digital, Middle East & Africa.

“Wireless networks, while popular, don’t always deliver the reliable high-speed connections needed to sustain HD video streaming. Meanwhile, drilling holes for new Ethernet cables is complicated, expensive and messy. With the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit, it’s truly easy to enjoy all the HD streaming and broadband Internet capabilities of these great new devices anywhere there is an electrical outlet,” he added.

Featuring HomePlug AV technology, the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit provides users with data transfer speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps), enabling glitch-free playback of Full-HD 1080p video streams on up to seven connected devices, a company statement said.

Consumers can plug one of the two adapters in the kit into their router and an electrical outlet then plug the other adapter into another outlet where they need access to wired network connections.

Users can stream video to four connected devices in the home theater and also gain an additional three network ports by their router.

For an integrated entertainment solution, users can store digital media on WD’s My Book World Edition home network drive and stream photos, music and HD video via the WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit to one of the WD TV line of media players or other DLNA-compliant devices located throughout the home, the statement said.

The new WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit has a 1-year limited warranty and is available now at select retailers and online at wdstore.com for 129 euros ($164), according to the statement. – TradeArabia News Service




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