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Woxter VideoLan Incorporates Powerline Technology Print E-mail
Monday, 30 November 2009

ImageThe VideoLan from Woxter isn't a particularly new or innovative device, but a combination of existing technologies that simplifies the idea of video distribution in the home.  The VideoLan is a multi-room HDMI extender that doesn’t require network cables, a wireless setup, or even coaxial cable. Using Aitana ++ chipset powerline technology from DS2, VideoLan is able to send a full HD signal throughout the house to be picked up at any power outlet.

The VideoLan supports video up to 1080p resolution at either 24 or 60 frames per second, and of course all standard resolutions below.  Audio capability has not been mentioned by Woxter, except to say that the VideoLan handles 16 bit sound at a 48kHz sample rate.  

According to Woxter, Aitaina ++ technology is capable of delivering a peak data rate of 200Mbps, which is more than enough to comfortably stream Blu-ray quality content. What we can expect realistically is more of a question, but even 50Mbps would be sufficient.

Woxter states that the VideoLan is available now through their site as well as through many major US retailers.  Their site however, does not seem to have the device listed for sale.  Without a price point listed, it's a bit difficult to compare the VideoLan to similar devices, but if it's able to deliver high bitrate 1080p video throughout a house – using power outlets instead of Ethernet or wireless networking – it may be well worth it.

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