The PE Socket from British technology start-up Power Ethernet is described as the first product to integrate Powerline data networking technology directly into an electrical socket.
The new launch, says Power Ethernet, offers AV installers a simple and non-disruptive means of streaming video for home audio visual and digital signage installations. It is being made available in the UK via specialist AV connectivity distributor Arktron.
Based on the HomePlug AV standard for Powerline networking, Power Ethernet’s PE Socket combines four Ethernet network ports, a fully-managed network switch and a filtered power socket into a single socket which fits into a UK Standard 35mm double gang metal back-box. The PE socket uses a buildings electrical wiring to create a high-speed and secure data network for connecting digital signage, Internet-connected TVs, digital STBs, CCTV systems, IP phones, home automation systems and other connected-devices.
The PE socket provides AV installers with a professional alternative to running additional data cabling and switching for both home and business installations. It can be used to extend an existing Ethernet network, to accommodate new devices such as digital signage screens, IP CCTV cameras or as a standalone network in both residential and commercial premises.
Installing two or more PE Sockets creates a high-speed, secure Ethernet network running across the existing electrical mains cabling. Connecting any PE Socket to a broadband service enables the sharing of Internet connectivity and digital content among all the devices plugged into them. More devices and additional rooms can be added to the network simply by installing additional PE Sockets.
Daniel Rogoff, managing director of Power Ethernet, commented: “Powerline offers such a simple and cost-effective solution to the challenge of streaming video around homes and businesses. However, we quickly realised that it needed a makeover for it to reach its full potential as an alternative to structured data cabling or Wi-Fi. By integrating Powerline directly into electrical sockets, with the PE Socket, we are able to offer a simple and professional approach to creating a high-speed network that will look the part in both homes and enterprises.”
Arktron managing director Roy Kirsopp added: “The PE socket meets a very real need for a non-disruptive video networking solution for home AV and digital signage installations. Wi-Fi and data cabling are unsuitable for many video installations, whether because of patchy Wi-Fi reception or the challenge of installing additional data cabling into existing buildings. By using existing electrical wiring, the Power Ethernet solution is capable of streaming video almost anywhere in a building.”