Plaster Networks Extends Suite of Diagnostic Tools to Maximize Powerline Network Performance

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Plaster Networks ( announces its Advanced Powerline Monitor (APM), a way to view throughput across a network of powerline adapters in real-time. APM builds on Plaster Networks existing suite of diagnostics tools that allows users and installers to measure network throughput and optimize for peak performance. Further details are at:

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“Plaster Networks is a natural choice for anyone in the integration business because it offers professionals diagnostic performance measurements for performance confirmation and they offer continued post installation support with automatic firmware update

Plaster Networks PLN3 powerline Ethernet adapters provide a reliable network for home multimedia applications, such as streaming video and IPTV, over existing AC wiring. These can be alternates to expensive Cat 5 wiring. They can also extend a Wi-Fi network when it strains to reach all areas of a home or support demanding home entertainment applications.

Unlike other powerline adapters, Plaster Networks adapters include a dedicated network processor for network management, configuration, diagnostics and troubleshooting. This enables management and configuration locally through a free, built-in Administration Console, or remotely through Plaster Networks Service. In both cases, customers can access this functionality easily via a standard browser. APM now adds the ability to view real-time throughput between any two adapters on the powerline network and to pinpoint sources of noise and interference.

HomePlug networks sometimes experience performance limitations because of interference from devices connected to electrical wiring. For example, a vacuum or a cell phone charger. In some cases, the performance of a powerline link may drop whenever these are plugged in or turned on. APM helps identify these noisy devices, so that a powerline isolator can be installed to filter the noise before it enters the powerline circuits. For more information on Plaster Networks isolators visit:

One Plaster Networks PLN3 powerline Ethernet adapter works with any HomePlug AV adapter - users can add a PLN3 adapter to an existing HomePlug AV network and gain the benefits of Plaster Networks diagnostics.

“Until now, users or installers have had few diagnostic tools with which to analyze powerline network performance,” comments Jeff Scroggin, CEO of Plaster Networks. “Due to the number of outlets in a home and the potential number of devices plugged in, consumers and installers often have difficulty identifying which ones may be causing interference. The Advanced Powerline Monitor allows you to see where the problem spots occur, and fix them.”

Built on the HomePlug AV standard, the Plaster Networks PLN3 Powerline AV Adapter is simply plugged in and supports any Ethernet-capable device. Key features include:

  • Broadband performance for multimedia content (200Mbps PHY)
  • Security (128-bit AES encryption)
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • Powerline isolators for improved performance
  • Browser-based administration
  • Instant view of network performance
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Centralized network management and configuration
  • One button password reset

About Plaster Networks
Plaster Networks delivers on the full promise of powerline networking by providing a more reliable network for home multimedia applications, such as streaming video and IPTV, using existing AC wiring. Unlike other offerings, Plaster Networks provides an intelligent powerline adapter that includes a dedicated network processor for network management, configuration, diagnostics and troubleshooting. Plaster Networks offers a reliable alternative or extension to wireless networks and a more cost-effective alternate to installing Ethernet cables into walls.

Plaster Networks was founded by Paul Baran, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur widely known as the inventor of packet switching, the foundation technology for the Internet. For more information, visit

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