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Powerline Ethernet Multiplug Center
Industry type:Electronics and communication
Product model number:PLA-491
Zyxel Communications Corporation
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1. Perfect All-in-One Solution for Home Entertainment Center
As shown in the ZyXEL 2008 STP market survey, customers need an integrated networking solution as the backbone for digital home entertainments. Based on customer demands and ZyXEL’s market-driven product development concepts, the ZyXEL HomePlug PLA-491 integrates the PowerLine network, Ethernet and noise filter to transform home power outlets as the backbone of the wired LAN.

The ZyXEL PLA-491 is the state-of-the-art idea for those who want to extend home network in every corner in a seamless way with no more wiring headache or performance bottleneck. The device not only enables family members to surf the Web without being tangled by any wire, but is also the center of your digital home entertainment systems.

The four AC outlets on PLA-491 provide filtered power for TVs, stereos, set-up boxes and game consoles without disrupting the PowerLine signal. Offering fast and smooth transmission at up to 200Mbps, with noise completely suppressed by the built-in power strip, the four Ethernet ports on PLA-491 can interconnect your network storages, DMAs (digital media adapters) and IP cameras.

2. Backbone of High-Quality Home Entertainments
To build a digital home entertainment and communication infrastructure, a capable backbone is needed to interconnect individual peripheral devices to exchange and share the stored or captured multimedia data. According to the STP survey, users demand the least wiring, the easiest operation and the best media streaming quality; and the key to the success of a home entertainment system is naturally the deployment flexibility and presentation quality. The PLA-491 is an all-in-one unit including a PowerLine switch featuring four 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports and a built-in power strip with four filtered power outlets; this is ideal for installing multimedia and office appliances requiring both electrical power and network connection – a real space saver.

3. Energy-saving Design for Less Resource Waste
Living in a world with draining energy sources, ZyXEL takes the responsibility to design more energy-efficient products like PLA-491. The device comes with two power switches: one for the overall power supply and one for network connection. Users can choose to just disable the network features, or to turn off the device entirely to save power.

4. Protects network with advanced security
Secured by 128-bit AES encryption over power line, the ZyXEL PLA-491 is the best home connectivity solution to share, store and stream data to any device in a secure network environment. With the stringent protection, users don't have to worry about the personal data theft when surfing on the Internet.

5. Cutting-Edge Bandwidth Management Enhances Performance
PLA-491 is embedded with Quality of Service (QoS) technology that enables the users to enjoy the impressive performance of bandwidth-sensitive network applications such as VoIP, online gaming, video streaming and P2P sharing. This can be seen as an automatic traffic classifier that gives users the power to prioritize tasks or allocation certain bandwidth to designated applications.


About Zyxel Communications Corporation

Focused on innovation and customer-centric technology and service, Zyxel has been connecting people to the Internet for over 30 years. Our ability to adapt and innovate with networking technology places us at the forefront of the drive to create connectivity for telcos and service providers as well as businesses and home users.
Zyxel is a global force in the communications market with an unrivalled international presence that includes:
- 150 markets served
- 1,500 passionate associates
- 1,000,000 businesses working smarter with Zyxel solutions
- 100 million devices creating global connections
Today, Zyxel is building the networks of tomorrow, unlocking potential, and meeting the needs of the modern workplace – powering people at work, life, and play. Zyxel, Your Networking Ally.


For nearly 30 years, Zyxel Communications has earned a reputation for innovative products that “make the world connect.” In 2016, Zyxel announced the launch of a global rebranding campaign “Your Networking Ally.” Now Zyxel is looking ahead to build networks that help people achieve their goals and change the world for the better. By identifying as “Your Networking Ally,” Zyxel highlights its core competence and the close relationship it shares with customers. People and organizations need a partner who understands their struggles and provides solutions that help them meet these challenges. Zyxel is that ally to stand side-by-side with our customers, helping them achieve their goals — unlocking their potential.

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