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Channel Master CM6104

Ethernet-over-powerline kit with adapter and 4-port switch

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by Tara W.
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Extend your home network without running wire

Today's "smart" TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles let you access content from the Internet, but some of them don't come with built-in Wi-Fi®. And depending on your setup, running an Ethernet cable may not be convenient. Channel Master's CM6104 is a great solution — it uses your home's existing electrical wiring to pass Ethernet signals to up to four devices in a single room.

This powerline-to-Ethernet kit comes with a single-port powerline-to-Ethernet adapter that plugs into a wall outlet near your modem or router, and a 4-port switch that lets you feed Ethernet signals to your TV, Blu-ray player, gaming system, or computer. The two parts of the system immediately identify and connect with each other, and your wired home network is automatically extended to another room of your home.

Highlights:

  • turns an ordinary AC wall outlet into an access point for your home network
  • starter pack includes 1 powerline adapter and 1 powerline Ethernet switch
  • powerline adapter features
    • one Ethernet port
    • one male AC adapter (plugs into wall outlet)
    • 2-1/4"W x 4-15/16"H x 2-1/4"D
  • powerline Ethernet switch features
    • four Ethernet ports
    • one male AC adapter (plugs into wall outlet)
    • 3-1/16"W x 5-13/16"H x 1-15/16"D
  • includes two 47" Ethernet cables
  • approximate maximum data transfer rate: 200 Mbps
  • designed for use with a broadband Internet connection
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch (CM-6104)
  • Powerline Ethernet adapter (CM-6100)
  • Two 47" Ethernet cables (RJ-45 connectors on each end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty/Registration Card

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Features

Overview: The Channel Master CM-6104 Internet-to-TV Powerline Ethernet Switch Kit is an easy-to-install solution providing an Internet connection to any of the power outlets in your home. Many new TV's, SAT/Cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and game consoles are Internet compatible and need to be connected to the Internet. After getting these products home you may find it difficult to connect them to the internet, because you may not have an Ethernet jack by the television or other audio/video component. Most homes are prewired with power outlets in every room, so Channel Master's Internet to TV Powerline Ethernet Switch is the perfect solution. The Channel Master CM-6104 Kit includes one Powerline Ethernet Switch  (CM-6104) and one Powerline Ethernet Adapter (CM-6100).

Installation: The Channel Master CM-6104 Internet-to-TV Powerline Ethernet Switch Kit has been designed to allow the home network or internet signal to ride along the same powerline as your cable television or terrestrial antenna signals with no interference. This is the most reliable solution without installing new wires and best of all its affordable & easy to install. Simply connect one Powerline Adapter (CM-6100) to your modem and powerline network, then connect the second 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch (CM-6104) to your power outlet in another room and your Internet-ready TV, plus other Internet enabled components.

Note: The AC outlets in your home can be up to 330' (100m) apart.

2-Prong AC Plug: The Internet-to-TV 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch & Powerline Ethernet Adapter, each feature a 2-prong connector which plugs into your home's AC wall-outlet. Both, the Internet-to-TV 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch & Powerline Ethernet Adapter, will work with 2-prong or 3-prong electrical outlets (AC 100V-240V).

Ethernet Ports: The Internet-to-TV Powerline Ethernet Adapter is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) port and includes a 47" Ethernet cable to connect to your home network's modem/router. The Internet-to-TV 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch is equipped with 4 Ethernet (RJ-45) ports and includes a 47" Ethernet cable to connect your Internet-ready TV, SAT/Cable box, Blu-ray player, and/or game console.

Status LEDs: The Internet-to-TV 4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch & Powerline Ethernet Adapter, each feature 3 LED lights to indicate the status of the Powerline & Ethernet connections.

Specifications

Performance:

  • PHY Rate: 200 Mbps
  • TCP: up to 90 Mbps
  • UDP: up to 92 Mbps

Standards: HomePlug AV, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u

Power Requirements:

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 0.08A
  • Power Consumption: <5W

Dimensions

4-Port Powerline Ethernet Switch (CM-6104):

  • Width = 3.0625"
  • Height = 5.8125"
  • Depth = 1.9375"

Powerline Ethernet Adapter (CM-6100):

  • Width = 2.735"
  • Height = 4.9375"
  • Depth = 2.25"
 

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Comment by Zak Billmeier Staff Writer - Creative,

Essential for connected TVs

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/19/2013 1:40:00 PM

I actually bought this to go with my connected Blu-ray player. The player has a built-in Wi-Fi® radio, like most newer TVs, but I experienced a lot of stuttering when playing streaming files online. The reason: my Wi-Fi router was too far away to provide a fast enough connection to keep up with streaming video.

But the CM6104 changed all that. It uses my home's electrical wiring to carry a super-fast Internet signal to my Blu-ray player. Now I can stream Netflix®, watch stuff on Google TV™, and even browse the Web with ease. I have tried an online speed test and the connection to my Blu-ray player/TV is now faster than my MacBook®. I cannot recommend this adapter enough to anyone looking to connect a TV to their home network.

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Channel Master CM 6104

Written By Nancy, Springfield, VA on Sunday, February 23, 2014
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We were having a lot of problems with streaming timing out and stopping all together. This solved that problem completely and it is really easy to set up.
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Worked to completely solved our streaming issues.
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Channel Master CM6104

Written By BS, Tucson, AZ on Friday, February 21, 2014
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Works great, installed easily.
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CM6104

Written By Mark L., Redding,Ca. on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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This product works great and is very easy to install.Thank you Crutchfield Can't go wrong.
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Easy to Use

Written By rmast, PA on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Very easy to setup and use. Simple plug and play was up and running in a few minutes.
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Easy setup
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4 out of 5

Documentation is key

Written By SteveC, North Florida on Monday, May 13, 2013
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Once correctly installed the device works exactly as advertised. The 'Quick Start Guide" gives easy instructions for installation and points out that some environments will give better performance than others. I ran into a technical problem with the installation and called Crutchfield for support. They determined the nature of the problem and referred me to the User Manual on the Channel Master site. That solved the problem.
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Works exactly as advertised.
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Installation may require additional documentation.
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4 out of 5

channel master gizmo

Written By mx, central oh on Saturday, July 14, 2012
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Works great, just like it oughta
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1 question already asked

Can the Ethernet switch plug into a line conditioner such as those sold by Monster, Panamax, and Furman, or will a line conditioner filter out the packets being sent over the power line? [ David  Jan 21, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • these cords could help. i will redo my wifi system to get around the need for the product. at a cost less than the product. [ STEVE V   Jan 24, 2014 ]
  • The instructions from Channel Master suggest that plugging the unit directly into an outlet is the best method. It also states that you can get "OK" performance if you plug into a noise filtering device. So I think it would be "OK" using a line conditioner. It seems the device's enemy is any AC adapters connected on the same line. Mine is plugged directly into the wall outlet and spaced several rooms apart. It has worked without a single issue. Well worth the money. I suggest you buy it and if it doesn't work return it to Crutchfield. They are great about accommodating returns. [ JACK   Jan 22, 2014 ]
  • Hi David, It was recommended to me not to plug it into surge or conditioners and I didn't and it works great. You won't be disappointed. Good luck Mark [ MARK   Jan 22, 2014 ]
  • i never used the channel master. after ordering, and doing further research, i determined it would not fit my application. item was returned unopened. [ JAMES R   Jan 22, 2014 ]
  • I have this but it's plugged into the wall outlet. I have not used this plugged into a power surge protection device [ STEVEN H   Jan 22, 2014 ]
  • From the Channel Master manual: Avoid connecting this device to an un-interruptible power supply (UPS) or backup power supply device. For best results, we recommend connecting the adaptors directly to a wall outlet. Avoid connecting high power-consumption appliances to the same wall outlet. Plug these power consuming devices into a noise filtering power strip to prevent these devices from interfering with this Powerline device. [ JEFF   Jan 22, 2014 ]

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