Friday, August 31, 2012

500 Mbps Powerline Network Adapter Kit PWR500 Kit

I haven’t tried one of these powerline adapters in several years.  They have come a long way.   I plugged it in to a secondary switch which is 75 feet from the main router.  I then tested it in my basement which gets a weak wireless signal and in my pool house which get an even weaker wireless signal.  Both places showed 100mps.   It worked seamlessly.  I had to look to find outlets without surge suppression though.  I’m a firm believer in surge suppression.   When I have time I will try and plus a wireless router into this and see how that works.   In the meantime, this tested out just fine and for $50 it is a bargain.  There are just some places that wireless doesn’t work.   

Addendum:Two weeks later, I have not been able to replicate my previous success.   I went to Actiontec's web site and their does not appear to be any technical notes.  I could not get a steady green link light regardless of what I tried.   So it is possible I have a defective unit or it just doesn't work.   At this point, I can not recommend buying them.   

Minimum System Requirements
·  Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS 9+, 10+, Linux and Unix
·  2 Available Ethernet ports (1 for each device connected to adapters)
·  Two Ethernet Cables (included in kit)
·  TCP/IP network protocol installed
·  Internet Explorer 7.0+ (recommended)
·  Other browsers such as Safari or Firefox, should have Java Script enabled
·  Router or other devices with HomePlug AV capability
·  A minimum of two Powerline devices on the network are required
·  Standard power/electrical wiring with at least 2 available power/electrical outlets
·  Operating Rangs is up to 300 meters in wall power lines
·  Coexists with HomePlug 1.0  (14/85 Mbps)
·  Interoperates with Homeplug AV (200/500 Mbps)
·  Data Rate is up to 500 Mbps over standard home powerlines and 10/100 Mbps over Etherent .
·  DO NOT plug into a surge protector or powerstrip as the adapter may not work.

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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