Netgear Debuts First Powerline Wireless N Extender

Home networking is almost always a bitch. But Netgear's new (and first of its kind) wireless N and powerline networking combo might simplify the process, adding a high-throughput Wi-Fi bubble, riding along your home wiring, to any free electrical outlet.

Netgear says the AV 200 will extend your existing Wi-Fi network - taking the wireless signal in one room, routing it through copper, and then rebroadcasting where needed - at speeds of up to 200Mbps. Though, as with any powerline-dependent network, electrical interference might bring down speeds - so mind your torrents when you power on that vacuum cleaner, for instance. [Netgear]