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

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Conclusions

When I first configured it, the PowerNet solution was wonderful. It was very simple to set up, it provided a great quality connection, and it solved the issues I was having with performance. The integrated switch in the PowerNet 300 also made it so I didn't need to add a hub to my home theater, saving me another piece of gear. However, when I switched the locations and the performance dropped drastically, I was right back to where I had started, with insufficient bandwidth for streaming video. However, as the signal was more consistent than my wireless connection, it worked fine for my audio streaming, and the setup of this system was far easier than setting up my wireless bridge was.

If you are sure that your don't have interference on your power lines, and that you aren't jumping across the fuse box, then I can highly recommend the PowerNet solution for getting your home theater devices online. Additionally, if you just need them to connect to the internet but not stream lossless content across the network, the PowerNet solution will do everything you need. If you are going to be sending lossless audio, or higher bitrate video, over your home network, however, you will need to be able to make sure you won't run into the issues I did when I moved the PowerNet setup.

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