If your house doesn't have an Ethernet network and you don't want to waste time with special cables and routers, you may want to consider turning your power grid into something of the sort.
TRENDnet is the company that most recently finished making one of those handy but not exactly widespread Powerline AV adapters.
The product in question has a fairly self-explanatory name: 4-Port 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter
That's right, it has four Ethernet ports and a maximum data transfer speed of 500 Mbps, which is more than many PCs can handle.
In fact, even if four devices are plugged at the same time, the adapter will still have it easy, knowing how regular Ethernet connections work at 100 Mbps. If you have Gigabit Ethernet though, all four connections can work at the same 500 Mbps.
Personal computers, Internet televisions, media players, network video recorders, receivers and game consoles all can get Internet access easily.
Granted, you will need to connect one adapter to a router in order to actually access the worldwide web, and a second adapter will have to be plugged into a different electrical outlet in the home.
Once that is accomplished, though, a secure, encrypted signal will be established, with no software installation needed on any machine.
"Powerline solutions offer a stable high speed connection, to stream HD video, using the existing electrical lines in your home," stated Zak Wood, director of global marketing for TRENDnet.
"With so many network ready devices around and including the TV, TRENDnet's TPL-405E helps solve the growing demand for multiple high performance network connections."
The 4-Port 500Mbps Powerline AV Adapter comes with LEDs, to convey device status, something useful in power management and troubleshooting. TRENDnet even tossed in embedded power saving technology (energy use is lowered by up to 70% in standby mode).
Sales should already be underway, for the price of $109.99, or 84.08 Euro. A three-year warranty is included in the offer.