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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-12-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Testing a PowerLine Network!

Mr. UPS Man arrived at his usual time and dropped off a package. The package contained one of each of the following:





These HomeLine Networking AV kits are supposed to be good for 200MB/s. The first one contains an adapter you plug into an outlet near your router and connect it for Internet access. The black box is a 4 port switch that's to be used for your AV/Entertainment system. I put that in my Entertainment center and connected my Netflix enabled Blu-Ray player and my Home Theatre PC (HTPC) to it.

The 2nd picture shows another pair of adaptors with outlet pass thrus. I plugged one of them into my bedroom outlet which hosts another Netflix enabled Blu-Ray player. The 2nd adapter I put in another outlet near where I assemble and test all my PCs.
These truly are Plug-N-Play as advertised by Netgear. As soon as I plugged them all in and connected ethernet cables they all show an Internet connection. Each adapter has a button on it that you push to enable Encryption. I did that on each adapter and voila!....a somewhat secure home network that is faster than Wireless-N without running cables.

The downside? Price. Both of these kits totalled just over $200 at Amazon. Right now I'm testing the network by recording two HDTV shows via my HDHomeRun network tuner at the same time. So far so good. Previously I was only able to record one HDTV show over Wireless-N and it was a crap shoot for drop outs. Highly recommended if you live in an apartment or rent where you can't run ethernet cable.

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If you read Netgear's details on these "200MB/s" kits they claim that figure is obtained with Full-Duplex data transfers. So 100MB/s in each direction Download/Upload. Putting all the adapters through the "Torture Test" right now. So far so good. Still better than a good Wireless-N connection by far.
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Wow! They've come a long way since I first saw the "ethernet-over-AC" devices from years back.
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Yep the originals were 11MBs like wireless A if you were lucky!
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Powerline adapters also go into sleep mode as advertised for low power consumption. They all "wake" when an ethernet connected device shows activity. So far so good on this setup.
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