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Professional Electrician and Installer: New Business Ideas

Professional Electrician takes a look at a clever way to expand connectivity, and your business, by offering customers the option of running data services – such as TV – over power cables and electrical sockets.

We all know the way in which we view Television is changing. On Demand, Live Pause and Catch-up are all phrases we are increasingly familiar with, but only if you have the right system. Here we are pretty much talking about Sky and Virgin. So if you don’t pay the monthly contract, you cannot have these increasingly valued services. Wrong. YouView TV has changed all that. Now with a box connected to your broadband router and your digital TV aerial, you can access over 70 channels and use service like Catch-Up and Live rewind. Importantly You View is subscription free, so all you need is the kit. Never heard of it? Don’t worry it is an initiative in partnership with all the major TV players: BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Channel Five, BT etc… All you need is a YouView Box and a broadband Internet. So – I hear you ask –where does the electrician come in?

Power Ethernet Socket

Well, YouView is not accessible over WiFi, so if you want to view the YouView services from more than one room in the house you’ll need a data network. The traditional way to do that is by routing Cat 5 all over the house and not too many people will want the disruption of this.

Power Ethernet has developed a simple socket that turns the electrical system into a data network. The PE Sockets enable electricians to build a network capable of coping with the demands of connected TV services (such as YouView) as well as for online gaming and audio and video streaming.

Power Ethernet marketing director,James Gardiner explains: “YouView presents UK electricians with a huge opportunity to extend their portfolio and make money from connected TV installations. With no WiFi connection on the set-top box, many buyers will need a home network if they’re going to access catch-up TV services. Power Ethernet sockets give electricians a cost-effective and non-disruptive alternative to offer customers who are otherwise looking at running CAT 5 cabling around their houses.”

Based on the HomePlug AV standard for Powerline networking the PE Socket provides 4 Ethernet network ports and a filtered power socket in a device that replaces a standard double power socket in a wall and uses electrical cabling for data networking.

Installing two or more PE Sockets creates a discrete yet highly capable network, connecting any of the PE Sockets to a broadband service enables the sharing of Internet connectivity and digital content among all the devices plugged into them.

Power Ethernet Socket on a blue wall

Benefits of PE sockets

  1. Simple, professional, permanent:Installing new Ethernet cables throughout walls and redecorating afterwards is a huge task and costs quickly mount up. Power Ethernet Sockets offer a reliable and simple installation as easy as replacing an existing power socket.
  2. More robust and reliable than WiFi: Although WiFi provides the freedom and convenience to access the network wherever there is coverage, it degrades too quickly over moderate distances with coverage black spots and makes it unreliable to stream movies and services such as iPlayer effectively. With the built-in managed switch,Power Ethernet Sockets are capable of providing the Quality of Service throughout the home to run a mixture of different bandwidth applications, allowing users to stream video content and play online games at the same time.
  3. Multiple sockets, multiple uses: Unlike Powerline adapters, each Power Ethernet socket contains a 4-port Ethernet managed switch, enabling multiple devices to connect to a single socket. Need to extend the network? Purchase another Power Ethernet Socket and it will automatically join the network.
  4. Advanced filtering: The built-in filtered socket along with the latest in advanced Powerline design carefully filter out unwanted signal noise from the disruptive devices such as mobile phone charges and transformers means that the PE Sockets can communicate at best possible speeds.

Interested installers can up sign for an evaluation pack at www.powerethernet.com/installers

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