ZyXEL Introduces the First Gigabit Powerline Adapter for Easily Creating Fast, Stable Home Networks for Gaming and Media Streaming

PLA5206 Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter allows users to quickly and easily set up a lightning-fast 1000Mbps network using their existing electrical lines.

September 23, 2014 – Hsinchu, Taiwan – ZyXEL Communications today announced the debut of the company’s newest high-speed home networking product — the PLA5206  Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

ZyXEL is a global leader in broadband networking technology that provides a comprehensive portfolio of wired and wireless network solutions for telecommunications service providers, small- to medium-sized businesses and home users.

The PLA5206 enables high-speed networking to every corner of the home without the hassle of expensive new cable installation. Featuring the latest HomePlug AV2 standard technology developed in conjunction with leading semiconductor innovator Broadcom, creating a home network capable of speeds up to 1000 Mbps is as simple as plugging a device into an existing wall-mounted power outlet. No additional wiring or configuration is necessary. 

With more and more household devices able to connect and stream media over home networks, the demand for ubiquitous high-speed network access has increased exponentially. Smart TVs, game consoles, and many other household electronic items now feature network connectivity. The ZyXEL PLA5206 is designed to make it easier than ever to connect every room in the house to a stable high-speed network for access to HD media streaming, online gaming and an endless variety of networked apps.

The ZyXEL PLA5206 1000 Mbps Powerline Gigabit Ethernet Adapter delivers complete network coverage without the need for complex installation. Every homeowner can benefit from universal network access, and now that is possible without the need to drill holes in walls or spend hours installing new cables. The PLA5206  gets around this by utilizing the home’s existing electrical wires. Wherever there is a wall-mounted power outlet, a PLA5206 unit can be installed. Just connect an Ethernet cable from the adapter to any network-enabled device in the room. No additional configuration is required. The PLA5206’s Quality of Service (QoS) function improves data delivery for media streaming applications like triple-play services by prioritizing data for processes such as HD video streaming, high-speed Internet and VoIP.

Securing a PLA5206 home network is as easy as the initial installation of the devices. A 128-bit Advanced Encryption Security (AES) protocol ensures the safety of your data by providing a secure connection to the Internet. The encryption mechanism is enabled with just the push of a single button — no additional software or configuration is required. The ZyXEL PLA5206 is also environmentally friendly. If no Ethernet activity is detected for 60 seconds, the device goes into power-saving mode, saving 80% more energy than similar adapters without this feature. If users already own  ZyXEL Powerline adapters they don’t have to worry about replacing existing unit(s) — the PLA5206 is backwards compatible with previous Powerline adapter series. All of these features add up to a faster, simpler and more efficient plug-and-play networking solution.

The PLA5206’s exceptional high-speed 1000 Mbps performance is made possible by advanced HomePlug AV2 technology developed in partnership with Broadcom, a worldwide leader in wired and wireless communications innovation. In fact, the PLA5206 is the first commercially available HomePlug AV2 product on the market. The technology utilizes the full HomePlug AV2 spectrum (2-86 MHz), increasing overall performance up to four times (4x) that of previous HomePlug AV1 devices. 

The ZyXEL PLA5206 offers Telcos and Internet Service Providers the optimal solution for delivering media content such as IPTV and video-on-demand services to their customers. Easy installation and maintenance means fewer service calls and customer headaches. Of course, home users will be delighted the PLA5206’s simplicity and effectiveness in connecting their home entertainment and data devices such as smart TVs, computers and game consoles to HD content.

For a complete list of product features, please visit PLA5206 on the ZyXEL global Web site or contact your local sales representative.

About ZyXEL Communication Corp.

Founded in 1989 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, ZyXEL Communications Corp. is a world-class networking company providing innovative and reliable Internet solutions. As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has gone through transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions for Telcos, small to medium-sized businesses, and digital home users for a wide range of deployment scenarios. Telco solutions include Central Office Equipment, Customer Premise Equipment, Wired and Wireless Access Network Devices, and Carrier Switches. SMB and Enterprise solutions include Unified Security Gateways, LAN Switches, WLAN, and IP Telephony. Digital Home solutions include Network Connectivity Devices and Multimedia Solutions.