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WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit (4 Ports, Twin Pack)

by Western Digital
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Powerline AV kit for extending the Internet to any room in your home
  • Stream smooth HD video over your network
  • Create secure, reliable, high-speed wired connections for network devices without running wires between rooms
  • Ideal for HDTVs, network media players, game consoles, computers, and network storage drives
  • Connect up to 8 network devices
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight481 g
Product Dimensions16.8 x 14 x 12.8 cm
Item model numberWDBABY0000NBK-EESN
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 26,581 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight921 g
Date First Available27 Aug 2010
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Product Description

Product Description

As easy as plugging in a lamp
Simply plug the adapters into your electrical outlets to create a high-speed network .

Extend the Internet to Your HDTV.

Instantly create high-speed, wired network connections to seamlessly stream your high-definition media to your connected home theatre and gain fast, reliable access to the Internet.

WD Livewire Powerline AV Network Kit extends the Internet to any room using your home's electrical plug sockets. Stream the highest quality HD video, play games, and transfer files within the home or over the Internet using secure and reliable high-speed connections. Get the performance of a wired network without running wires.

Expand Your Home Network Instantly Without Running Wires

Wireless networks can beuseful, but they may not be as secure or as reliable as you'd like. If you're after a high-speed, uninterrupted connection in order to stream movies or to play games online, you can't beat a wired network. However, connecting your entire house with cables can be a time-consuming and expensive task

The speed you need to stream HD.
Media-optimised HomePlug AV technology offers up to 200 Mbps* performance for smooth HD video streaming.

With Powerline technology you can create high-speed Internet connections anywhere in your home without running wires between rooms. By running the connection through a plug socket and using your home's existing electrical wiring to create a network, you can build a high-speed home network instantly, that you have the flexibility to move from plug to plug as you need.

Set-Up is as Easy as Plugging in a Lamp

Connect one adapter into your router, and then plug it into a wall socket. Plug the other adapter into a socket in any room where you want a high-speed connection. The adapters will then tranfer data over your home's existing electrical wiring. It's that simple.

Faster and More Reliable than Wireless

With speed up to 200 megabits per second*, the WD Livewire Powerline AV network kit is fast enough for every computer in your home to share your broadband Internet connection and still have the velocity you need to smoothly stream 1080p full-HD video to your TV.
*200 Mb/s is the ideal physical data rate. Network traffic, interference, building materials, and other conditions lower actual data throughput rate.

Multiple secure connections.
A total of 8 ports means you can connect up to 7 devices and your router, all protected with 128-bit encryption.
More Ports for More Devices

The WD Livewire adapter kit offers 4 ports on both devices in the pair. This allows you to plug in your router and up to 7 Internet-connected devices such as computers, TVs, game consoles, media players, and network storage drives. With today's increasing-connected homes, this allows you to cut back on wiring and clutter, without you having to unplug devices when you want to use the next one.

Encrypted for Security

The data transfer between the WD Livewire adapters is protected with the same 128-bit encryption that you trust for your online banking and shopping. And because the encryption is automatic, there's no need to remember a password.

Ideal For:
  • Extending the Internet to any room in your home
  • Smooth HD video streaming over your network
  • Creating secure, reliable, high-speed wired connections for network devices without running wires between rooms
  • HDTVs, network media players, game consoles, computers, and network storage drives

Box Contains

  • 2 x 4-port HomePlug AV adapters
  • 2 x Ethernet cables
  • 2 x power cables
  • Quick Install Guide
  • CD with WD Livewire utility software
  • Warranty and Support Guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    By StewD
    Verified Purchase
    It works. Incredibly easy to set up, just connected wires, plugged in and I had a network connection. I also like the 4 port hub element - vastly increases usefulness of the product.

    I have hesitated for a long time before buying a powerline adapator as my router is in the attic on one ring circuit and I wanted the adaptor by the TV on the ground floor on a different circuit. Would the technology work across different electric ring circuits? Yes it does, albeit with a significant drop in speed.

    I tested 5 scenarios with my wireless ADSL router situated in the attic:

    1) PC connected via ethernet to router - BENCHMARK
    2) Laptop connect via Powerline on ground floor
    3) Laptop connected wirelessly on ground floor
    4) Laptop connect via Powerline in attic (i.e. same electric circuit)
    5) Laptop connected wirelessly in attic, next to routeer

    Internet - 2.7 Mbs in all cases

    LAN performance Writing data
    1)75 Mps Benchmark..PC...ethernet....route
    2)10 Mps Powerline...ground floor
    3)29 MBps Wireless...ground floor
    4)42 MBps Powerline....attic
    5)23 MBps Laptop...attic

    LAN Performance Reading data
    1)65 Mps Benchmark..PC...ethernet....route
    2)10 Mps Powerline...ground floor
    3)25 MBps Wireless...ground floor
    4)45 MBps Powerline....attic
    5)29 MBps Laptop...attic

    Conclusion: Will work well for internet connectivity, not so well for pulling large files around the network unless on the same electrical circuit.
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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars it just works. 20 Nov 2010
    By Arheddis Varkenjaab TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    What a brilliant piece of kit! I've just unboxed this afternoon expecting to spend the next three or four hours messing about with cables, IP addresses, DHCP shenanigans, and other obscure bits of networking lore that I don't really understand. But, I didn't have to. It just works - no software, no setting up, no configuring.

    This really is as simple as it gets. Plug one box into your router and into your wall socket. Plug the other in somewhere else, and instant network. Literally takes a couple of minutes and couldn't be simpler. They are even compatible with other makes of powerline socket, as long as they all conform to the 'homeplug powerline alliance' standard.

    One slight drawback is that, according to the instructions, the powerplugs won't work if you plug them into an extension block. This is a huge drawback, especially if, like me, you live in an old house with barely any sockets. There is even a sticker blocking the connections on the devices, telling you that they won't work on extensions. You have to peel it off, so there is no excuse for not knowing! However, I only have 6 sockets in the entire house, so extensions are essential. I can't use these if I can't use extensions, so I blithley ignored all the warnings and plugged them into to my 8-way gangs anyway...and it worked. I suspect it wouldn't be working if I had RCDs, or surge devices in place, but these are bog standard cheapies and they work fine. I have a sneaking suspicion I'm also losing a bit of speed, but if it works I'm happy.

    I'm very happy indeed with these. I have several network drives full of photographs which, until now, had to keep in the living room so they'd be near my router. Now, I've got them in the spare room, humming away, out of sight and still fully accessable. Excellent!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Something's not right; I can't work it out 11 Dec 2010
    By SpecialOrder937 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    I really expected this pair of little devices to work flawlessly, and they do, but only for short periods of time unfortunately. Making a good connection is simple enough, you believe everything is hunky-dory, but after a while the connection drops off to nothing. I've tried everything I can think of in an effort to resolve the problem, but it always reappears no matter what I do.

    In fairness to the manufacturer, I don't know whether the problem lies with the devices themselves, my home's electrical wiring or supply, or possibly my router.

    Even so, there are other issues with the kit that definitely are product-specific: each box requires a dedicated mains socket, which is a limitation of how powerline products work (this isn't a problem for me at the moment, but in previous homes it would've been), the ethernet ports and the power port are on opposite sides of each box, hindering the placement of them and their trailing wires (why not put all of the ports on the back?), and the supplied software comes only in a Windows version (pretty poor nowadays for a major company like WD).
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    By F. Jaap
    I've now bought my second set of this kit and would highly recommend it.

    My setup is that the main phone socket is in the dining room but I want access to the internet in the lounge for my internet TV and upstairs in the office for my desktop computer. It really is as easy as it says - you plug one of these in beside your main phone socket, and the other where you want wired access to the internet (in my case the office upstairs). I bought a second pair so the internet TV is networked and I'll use the spare when I get a new internet TV for the spare room.

    Easy to use, and has never presented any problems.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Networking Made Easy 20 May 2011
    I have a wireless router at one end of the house (next to my husbands PC) and mine was at the other end and it was frustrating when the wireless went down so I bought this.
    I put one plug by the router and one by my PC and within a few seconds they were connected and chatting like next door neighbours.
    I didn't install the software that came with the Livewire because it doesn't seem to need it. And I am impressed that it copes easily with transmitting across different circuits and even across the circuit breaker.
    I have a printer and a NAS plugged into the other ports on the Livewire and they all work as if I had wired the whole house.
    I definitely recommend this product
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    Great buy, used with tv and you view recorder, good price brilliant in use, also used for additional ports in computer room
    Published 22 days ago by W.E.WALSH
    2.0 out of 5 stars Looks Good
    Have had this product for just over a year and have had to replace it because it kept failing. It took some time to determine it was these network module kits. Read more
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    Published 1 month ago by K. Ford
    5.0 out of 5 stars Better than WiFi
    This is really a good way of getting a signal around the house. Very well made and easy to install
    Published 4 months ago by Jeff Devereux
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to connect your home
    I love this product. It works great is extremely easy to set up.
    Set-up merely requires plugging the adapter into a wall socket - and that's it, all the other adapters will... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Anon
    1.0 out of 5 stars Might not work in your house...
    I assume due to noisy mains wiring, the 40Meg FTTC broadband I have incoming was only transmitted at 5Meg by this system. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Clive
    4.0 out of 5 stars Freedom at Last
    excellent service.
    the devices worked out of the box and even function on extension cables.
    I am delighted with a more comprehensive connection which had previously been... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by MR P J GREEN
    5.0 out of 5 stars It works!
    We needed something to replace our Slinglink and this does. Not only that, the Slinglink has only 1 port, this has 8, which means all our other products are now linked to the... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by D Hunter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
    Works great, simple to set up, runs problem free. Makes networking simple and hassle free. I will order more. Outstanding.
    Published 8 months ago by Charlie
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