Actiontec Bridges Connectivity for Home Theater Applications -- Unveils Ethernet-Over-Coax Solutions for CEDIA and

Mon May 4, 2009 11:00am EDT

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  SUNNYVALE, CA, May 04 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Actiontec Electronics today launched two products that simplify how HD
video and other media-rich content are delivered throughout the connected
home. The new Ethernet-over-Coax MoCA(R) and HomePNA(TM) Network Adapters
give CEDIA and Custom Installation (CI) professionals an easy solution to
leverage existing coax wiring for high performance data connections.

    As most homes are already wired with coaxial cable, particularly around
the entertainment center, coax provides the perfect conduit to bring an
Internet connection to the growing number of Ethernet-enabled
entertainment devices available today. Installation professionals can
leverage the existing wiring for Internet connectivity to power their
solutions -- from set top boxes and media centers to DVRs, gaming
consoles and more. Actiontec's new network adapters easily add Internet
connectivity to home theaters without the time consuming need for costly
rewiring or relying on potentially spotty wireless adapters. As a result,
CI professionals are able to deliver a rich online experience without the
high costs and labor associated with structured wiring.

    Actiontec's versatile adapters provide support for both the HomePNA
Alliance and the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standards. Both
standards give installers and customers the assurance of proven
technologies that have been successfully deployed in millions of U.S.
households. Actiontec partnered with two semiconductor leaders in home
theater networking, Entropic Communications, the market leader in MoCA
solutions and with design wins in the telco, cable and satellite
industries, and CopperGate Communications, the market leader in HomePNA
solutions, whose chips are used by four of the top five telcos in North
America that are deploying IPTV, to bring these world-class solutions to
market.

    "People are looking for solutions to enhance what already exists in the
home. Since most homes are already wired for cable or satellite
television, an Ethernet to Coax Network Adapter is the logical choice to
deliver a fast and reliable connection throughout the home, regardless if
the broadband connection is cable, DSL or fiber," said Mike Ehlenberger,
vice president of channel sales for Actiontec Electronics.

    "We are finding that CEDIA and CI professionals need ways to
cost-effectively power broadband technology in and around the home
theater system. The addition of our new MoCA and HomePNA
Ethernet-over-Coax Network Adapters reflects our strong commitment to the
CI channel, and will enable these professionals to be more competitive
and better address the needs of the mid-market," Ehlenberger continued.

    Both products will be available via white box through Actiontec-authorized
distributors. Interested Installation Professionals should send inquiries
directly to channelsales@actiontec.com for product availability and
pricing details.

    Professional bloggers can request evaluation units for review by visiting
Actiontec's Press Center at www.actiontec.com and filling out the online
request form.

    About Actiontec Electronics, Inc.

    Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions simplifying and
enriching the digital life -- delivering a rich online experience
encompassing communications, entertainment, home management, and more.
Actiontec's products range from the market's widest selection of broadband
home gateways powering IPTV and bringing other IP-based services into the
home, to DSL modems and DSL routers, fiber optic routers for Verizon FiOS,
wireless networking equipment including broadband wireless routers and
wireless DSL modem and router combinations, powerline networking adapters
and more. The company's award-winning products are easy to install,
manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband
service providers. Actiontec's products showcase the company's
involvement helping to define and deliver emerging technology including
HomePNA, MoCA, VDSL2, HomePlug and the Z-Wave Alliance. Founded in 1993,
Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices
in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more
information, call 408-752-7700 or visit http://www.actiontec.com.

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