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Zyxel 500Mbps Micro Slimline Powerline Adapter (Twin Pack)
Zyxel 500Mbps Micro Slimline Powerline Adapter (Twin Pack)
Offered by 7dayshop Limited (VAT Registered)
Price: 21.45

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compact, value for money, but a compromise on performance, 13 Oct 2012
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Whilst typically half the price of its bigger brother the Zyxel PLA4205, which has a Gigabit Ethernet port, the PLA4201 is constrained by having only a Fast Ethernet port.

This means that whilst the PowerLine interface might have a theoretical throughput of 500Mbs the practical throughput is limited to under 100Mbs. Still sufficient for video streaming, but not the maximum achievable for file transfers.

That said its certainly compact and powers down when no active equipment is connected.

As manufacturers discontinue 200Mbs PowerLine models this 500/100 combination becomes the new entry point with 500/1000 being the premium choice.
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Motorola Integrated Folio Case and Keyboard for Xoom 2
Motorola Integrated Folio Case and Keyboard for Xoom 2

3.0 out of 5 stars So So Add-On, 16 July 2012
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Interesting solution to make this Android tablet a mini notebook with keyboard including integrated mouse pointer and prop up stand the for screen.
Downside is that altogether the case and keyboard, plus tablet weighs in at over 1kg.

The look of the leather case is matt rather than gloss and the fit and finish are average at best.
When you need to use the tablet without the keyboard, it's on the outside of case and needs to be turned off to avoid inadvertent button pushes.

For the price something lighter, sleeker and with more appealing design should have been possible.
I guess I may well find myself shopping for an alternative protective cover without the keyboard in due course.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No pancea for powerline problems, 30 Jan 2012
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Note PLA4205-GB01F contains a single adaptor. (PLA4205-GB02F is the starter kit with two adapters in the box.) So take care when purchasing, that the pricing reflects this.

For two 500Mbs units on the same power circuit, free from interference with good connectivity, I achieved more than double the throughput of 200Mbs units.
However, for a connection on a separate breaker from the main hub, which ran at 80Mbs with a 200Mbs unit, there was no noticeable speed improvement.

So it seems it will boost throughput on a solid connection, but it won't solve problems with poor physical connectivity.

Plus point, 500Mbs and 200Mbs powerline / homeplug AV units can coexist and communicate with each other.
Though of course, existing 200Mbs units won't send or receive any faster.

Currently I would say the 200Mbs units offer better value for money.


ZyXEL NBG4615 300 Mbps Wireless N Cable Router with 4 Port Gigabit Switch
ZyXEL NBG4615 300 Mbps Wireless N Cable Router with 4 Port Gigabit Switch
Price: 32.98

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works a charm, quick and easy setup, 30 Jan 2012
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I purchased this router as an upgrade from Zyxel's NBG-417N.
Like most Zyxel home user products, it's a compact, quiet, white box.
Was up and running within 5 minutes with easy wizard to connect to ISP.

As regards wireless, it won't make a poor signal better where there is interference or obstructions
but with a strong signal the wireless throughput is higher than the N-lite unit.
With half a dozen devices sharing the wireless the additional bandwidth is useful.

The Gigabit Ethernet connections have removed the bottleneck on our internal wired network,
the status lights clear show which devices are running at 1000Mps or 100Mps.

The admin webpage has a simple mode, but you can quickly change to the expert mode to fine-tune the setup.
Online Firmware upgrade achieved with one button click and a quick system reboot.

Additional functionality includes supporting multiple logical LAN & WLANs including a guest WLAN.
For future proofing, it supports IPv6 LAN & WAN traffic.

All in all, decent value for money.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Black and Good as New, 8 Jan 2012
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This is a superb product for getting faded vinyl, plastics, rubber and bumpers back to their original colour and condition.
Found it easy to apply, not messy or smelly.
Wife noticed the improvement on her car and was impressed.
Another excellent product from Autoglym.
Excellent value for money.


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