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Things We Love: Home-Phone-Line Networking

Finding his wireless local area network to be too slow and unreliable, Kurt Delsack turned to home-phone-line networking with pleasing results.
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Kurt Delsack knows lemons. His five-person firm, the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, in Newport Beach, Calif., specializes in automobile "lemon law" litigation. And the wireless local area network he installed to link his office computers seemed, frankly, sour. Connections sometimes broke down between computers. Plus, the network was too slow. "Anyone can count to 6 without getting impatient, but try counting to 60," Delsack says, describing the wait for a file transfer.

Delsack knew that switching to wires would solve his woes. But he didn't want to pay a contractor to rip apart the walls and install the lines. Then he read about home-phone-line networking. Delsack found he could connect his computers using a separate frequency on the very same lines that transmitted his phone calls.

Delsack installed Intel AnyPoint Home Network PC slot cards ($79 each) in his computers and plugged the cards' cables into phone jacks. The computer system and phone calls don't interfere with each other, and at 10Mb per second, files transfer much faster than they did over his 1.2Mb wireless system. "It works flawlessly," he says without a trace of tartness.

A USB version of the AnyPoint unit retails for an extra $20. And Intel isn't the only lemonade stand in town. For more information, visit www.homepna.org, the Web site for the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance, an industry association.


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Last updated: Jun 15, 2001




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