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Fantastic product, much better than the Devolo DLan 500 wireless +
on 4 November 2013
I have a complex set up at home with two extenders and a homeplug system (now Billion). This is due to the fact that the different parts of the house are on different meters, so I can't use the homeplug system everywhere. Prior to the Billion plugs I had a set of more recent, allegedly 500mb, Devolo plugs. These turned out to be unreliable and fairly useless. Having had two Billion routers (7800N and 7800DOX, both excellent, now I have an ASUS-RTAC66U because of it's ac capacity) I was well aware of the quality of Billion products, so I bought a set of these instead. What a difference! Just as easy to set up, but the speed is on average three times what it was with the Devolo, with no lag (at times the speed on the Devolo network would drop to 0.2mb, it drove me crazy). And this is a 2009 product whereas the Devolo came out in 2013!!! The Billion adapters come with the latest firmware, by the way. And the range is excellent, one adapter does a wing of the house whereas I needed two devolo plugs before (and didn't get good service).
To make sure that your mobile devices pick up the signal from the access point smoothly (ie that you don't have two networks showing, which is the default starting position when you set up the homeplug network and in which case you'd have to switch manually or use a special app on your phone like Wifi Manager (excellent app, by the way)), from the 'Status' main page of the adapter (which you reach by typing http://192.168.1.253/ in your browser), click on the link to SSID1 (in blue, on the left), and then in the relevant box change the name to that of your main network (make sure you spell it exactly the same, including capitals). Also make sure that the channel selection is set on 'auto' in both cases (ie the main router and the adapter), apply settings and away you go. Your phone (or mobile device) will transition seamlessly to whichever has the stronger signal, your router or the Billion access point. Bonus, you can still access the adapter through its IP address (some AP disappear once they are on identical settings with the router).
IN SHORT: Typical Billion, no thrills, not particularly pretty, but boy does it work! Get it, you won't regret it.
PS: if you need to set up a network with more than one adapter, beware of IP addresses conflicts as all the adapters will come with the same default IP address (http://192.168.1.253/). What you need to do is set up the first adapter only, and once it's up and running, go to the Status page by entering the address above in your browser and change its IP address by clicking on the 'IP' blue link. Assign a different address (within the range and subnet mask of your router): usually if you just modify the last digit (no higher than 254, it's better to decrease it as usually routers will have 1 or 254 as their default address and you don't want a conflict there either!), so for example set the new address for the first adapter to http://192.168.1.252/. Click 'apply' at the bottom of the screen (the adapter will reboot). Then connect your second adapter by plugging it in and pressing the 'join' button on it and on the main plug. If you have a third adapter, then change the IP address on the second one before you add it (to http://192.168.1.251/ for example), etc.