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Ethernet over Power - HD Stream 500Mbps Powerline Adapter with AC Pass-Through
Network communication is being used in more locations and users are searching for ways to inexpensively extend them. Wireless technology is becoming more and more popular but the air-waves are also becoming saturated with traffic. On the other hand the only other option is to run network cables between locations.
If you want to wire your home for Ethernet networking, you have several choices. You can spend a lot of time and effort snaking cable through your walls and installing wall plates, you can pay someone else a lot of money to install cabling, you can run wires out in the open where they can be tripped over and produce an eyesore, or you can use this Ethernet over Power Powerline Converter Kit from Monoprice!
The Powerline Converter system uses the existing electrical wiring in your home or apartment to transmit network traffic. As long as you have a power outlet in a room, you can have network connectivity!
Each kit comes with a single powerline adapter. Each adapter features a standard US NEMA 1-15 non-polarized blade plug, which serves the dual function of providing power and carrying the network data. Each adapter also features a 10/100/1000Mbps auto-MDIX Gigabit Ethernet port and a Reset/Pairing button.
Installation is as simple as plugging two or more adapters into wall outlets and pressing the pairing buttons on each to establish a connection between them. By default the system creates a public, unprotected network. However, by using the included setup utility you can easily create a private, protected network. Up to 9 total Powerline adapters can be used within a single network and multiple networks can operate on the same electric circuit, giving a level of flexibility and control not found in most ordinary Ethernet configurations.
The adapters are able to transmit network traffic to distances up to 300 meters, however for best results it is recommended to ensure the total network length does not exceed 100 meters (328 feet).
LEDs on the face of each converter indicate power and network connectivity status.
Compliant with the following standard
- IEEE 802.3
- IEEE 802.3u
- IEEE P1901
- Plug and Play - no drivers required
- Uses existing power wiring to transmit network data traffic
- Up to 500Mbps wired data throughput
- Can connect to Powerline adapters up to 300 meters distant
- Included software allows users to manage PLC features and settings
- Quality of Service (QoS) feature prioritizes Internet traffic
- Supports advanced 128-bit AES encryption to ensure data security
- Intelligent channel adaptation
- Pair button quickly establishes a secure and private Powerline network with other Powerline devices
- Includes an AC pass-through receptacle
Questions and Answers
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PROS: Cost-effective way to easily extend your physical (Ethernet) network taking advantage of the wires already in your walls.
CONS: Even with 500 Mbps adapters, available speed and throughput will depend upon the quality of wiring and distance between adapters - in effect, your experience may vary.
Time to try something completely different. The Monoprice Ethernet over Power (12287) seemed liked a better way to do it. The max advertised range is 300 meters with the note that it works best up to 100 meters. So, even allowing that the power lines might be 3 times longer than the actual path it was still under half the 100 meters end to end. Found it from Monoprice on Ebay with free shipping.
When I first plugged it all together and got all green lights life looked good. But then trying to get the Powerline Utility software to work brought reality back. Neither end could see the other. The link was there and the router was assigning an IP address but there was no real connectivity.
After considerable fiddling the remote end started showing up now and then. That was good enough to get it logged in. Now I've got a red light on the link status (PLC) LED. That means 20 MBPS. So, I fiddled some more, moving the garage end to a plug closer to where the power enters. Still a red light but the link seems to be staying up. Running a speed test instead of the 15+MBPS downlink speed I see at the router end I've got a reliable 5 MBPS at the garage. Not great but usable.
3 Stars seems like the most descriptive rating. You may do better, or worse. My case seems like the very thing this box was designed for but the performance is right on the edge. There's nothing unusual about the house or the noise environment. If it hangs on a few weeks, I'll keep it.
PROS: Basic installation is easy as long as you have a solid path.
CONS: 300 meters????? 100 meters??? It seems that if you're too far for WiFi, this may not do the job either.
PROS: Once set up they work great.
CONS: Set up can be a little tricky. Support staff knew little about the product so were no help. Follow the directions precisely and they will work great.
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This pair work MUCH better and are very easy to set up and use. These worked very well in the scenario listed above - outlets in the same electrical panel.
I tried to use these to provide network service to a barn that is on the same main power feed from the power company but in a different electrical box and could not get them to pair back up again. This is beyond what the manual says is possible and does not diminish the quality or use of this product. Just wanted to list this ad it is not mentioned in other reviews.
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