Slinglink Turbo: Merely a Powerline Networking Adapter

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Amazon leaked an unrevealed piece of Sling gear yesterday. The next day you'll be assaulted with words from blogs claiming the Slinglink Turbo is a revolutionary piece of gadgetry.

It's nice, like all Sling gear. But it ain't revolutionary.

The device is simply a Powerline networking device, like the old Slinglink. The one new has four 100BASE-T ports, instead of one. And the original pushed 14mbps, while the newer one does 84mbps, using HomePlug 1.0 Turbo standards. There is a one port device in the kit that receives the powerline signal and uploads it to the home network. To my knowledge, powerline equipment from Linksys will do the same thing, albeit, not in the same pretty shell. As a Sling fanboy, that does score it brownie points, but the fact is, this is a piece of networking gear.

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