Wireless

Monster PowerNet 200 and 300 Kits for Audio and Video Streaming Through Your House AC Wiring

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Design

Monster provided me with two PowerNet units, the 200 and 300 models. The 200 is your common Homeplug unit with a single Ethernet jack, status lights, and a reset/sync button, but with the addition of two outlets featuring Monster's power filtering technology. This unit plugs directly into a standard 2 jack outlet and then provides those two outlets with power filtering and surge suppression for you. The 300 unit is a larger unit that features a built in, 4 port 10/100 switch instead of a single Ethernet jack, as well as the dual filtered outlets. This unit connects to the wall with an enclosed IEC plug, which has a very solid connection and a nice plug that rotates, making positioning it easy.

Monster PowerNet Kit

While some people might be inclined to wish that the port was gigabit instead of just 10/100, when used in a home theater none of the devices should need a gigabit connection to another device, and 10/100 Ethernet is more than enough to saturate the Powerline connection as well. I appreciated that the 300 unit was able to be placed in a location other than connected to the wall. It gave me easy access to the network jacks and the power outlets, which is useful as I have to swap equipment in and out of my system fairly often. The lights on the units made it pretty clear if you had a connection, and the quality of it, though I do wish that there was a switch to possibly disable them, since many people want their home theater to be as light controlled as possible.