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Capitol Joins Forces with Actiontec to Expand Retrofit Opportunities for Installation Pros

EAGAN, MN, March 17, 2010 – Capitol, the leading consumer electronics distribution source for residential systems contractors, retailers, light commercial contractors, and premium incentive resellers, has partnered with Actiontec Electronics to bring the company’s coaxial and Powerline Carrier (PLC) Ethernet data solutions to Capitol’s extensive network of dealers and installation professionals.

Specifically, Capitol now offers Actiontec’s solutions for sending MoCA and HPNA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance, respectively) Ethernet data over coaxial cables, as well as solutions for sending data via PLC, which utilizes standard AC wiring.

“The technologies affecting our customers’ businesses are booming, and Actiontec is one of the smartest companies when it comes to harnessing these technologies in practical, cost-effective solutions,” said Jeff Kussard, Capitol’s Strategic Development Director.  “Considering the number of homes with Blu-ray players and flat-screen displays with Ethernet inputs, we believe that Actiontec’s data solutions offer a real, demonstrable benefit to end-users, making it a matter of plain common sense to add Actiontec to almost any retrofit installation.”

Actiontec’s Ethernet and PLC data solutions are revered for their unshakable reliability and overall ease of use. Capitol offers an extensive selection of Actiontec’s offerings, including the MoCA Network Adapter (pictured left), which bridges the divide between coaxial cable and Ethernet networks, thereby delivering data direct to Ethernet ports on a Blu-ray player or flat-screen display, and the MegaPlug A/V 200 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit, which relies on standard AC wiring to create a 200 Mbps network throughout the home. Both are ideal for high-bandwidth applications such as HD video and audio streaming, in addition to providing access to high-speed internet, computers, printers, gaming consoles and DVRs.

“Capitol is one of those rare distribution partners that have both the technical expertise and sales & marketing acumen to communicate our products’ benefits to the industry at large,” commented Michael Ehlenberger, Actiontec’s VP of Channel Sales. “It’s a pleasure to work with a proven leader in the retrofit market, and they do all the heavy lifting to make sure their customers not only understand the technologies, but to create innovative, value-add bundles that spell success for everybody in the food chain.”

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About Capitol
Capitol is the leading distribution source for residential systems contractors, retailers, light commercial contractors, and premium incentive resellers who are looking for home theater, telephone, integrated home systems, and commercial A/V products. The company is famous for taking a 360-degree approach to its business, offering retailers high-quality products at competitive prices, plus hands-on application training, expert technical help and unmatched customer service. Capitol offers hundreds of application-based education courses throughout the year, including filled-to-capacity classes at CEDIA, EH Expo, and other industry events. For further information, visit the company’s web site at www.capitolsales.com, or call 1-800-INSTALL (467-8255). Media inquiries should be directed to Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC; 347-497-4965; adam@sohmerassoc.com.

About Actiontec Electronics
Actiontec Electronics develops broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life – delivering a unified experience that encompasses communications, entertainment, home management, and more. Actiontec offerings range from the market’s broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company’s carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. The company is committed to protecting the environment through energy efficient products and other green-friendly practices. 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 https://www.actiontec.com.

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