A few weeks ago, I published an article discussing my latest acquisition, a Linksys PLK300 powerline adapter.  It was not exactly a review as much as it was a discussion about my personal experience with it.

Today, I take a look at another powerline Ethernet adapter solution, Plaster Networks PLN3 Powerline AV Ethernet adapter.

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Like the Linksys device, the PLN3 is a 200 Mbps powerline kit with a more “traditional” power brick type design.  Each adapter does come with 2 Ethernet ports thus giving one an increased capacity of 3 ports.

The Company

Per my norm, I always like to know a little about whom I am dealing with.

Plaster Networks provides local area networking (LAN) solutions designed to deliver reliable, high-performance connections over existing wiring. The company develops advanced hardware and software technologies for low-cost, high speed networks in the home or small office. Plaster Networks’ vision is to bring home networking to the mass market by automating or eliminating the complexities inherent in maintaining reliable connections, at the same time dramatically reducing support requirements. As a result, the company delivers a cost-effective platform to enable a myriad of high-value services that require consistent, high-performance network connectivity: video streaming, IPTV, remote home patient care, home automation, online gaming, and more.

About the Founder

Paul Baran is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur widely known as the inventor of packet switching, the foundation technology for the Internet. Based on his technology ideas over the years, he has started eight ventures, of which five went public and three reached a market cap exceeding $1 billion each. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, an Inductee of the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently received the Presidential National Medal for Technology and Innovation.

If you wish to learn a bit more about Paul, this Wikipedia article is a very short primer.  Very impressive credentials for an individual!

Regarding Plaster Networks, the company is in its first year of existence.  When comparing Plaster Networks (12 employees) and Linksys, we are truly comparing David vs. Goliath.  These devices first started shipping in October.

The Unboxing

Before I get to the actual unboxing, I simply had to include a pre-unboxing picture.

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I have never received a parcel like this one until today.  The picture was not taken for the review; it was taken just in case I had damaged contents.

But it does make a nice “UPS advert of the day”, right?

Back to business…

The PLN3 adapter comes in a 5” x 6” x 3” heavy-duty cardboard box.  Heavy-duty to withstand the abuses of UPS!

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Inside you will find what appears to be a power brick, an Ethernet cable

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and a bit of documentation.

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Please note that there is no dedicated sender and receiver.  Connect one adapter to your router/switch.  Plug cables from your connected devices into a second adapter.  Use it!  If I were to have a separate Installation section, those four sentences would be it.