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Home network gem!
on 21 November 2010
The Devolo 1409 dLan 200 AV Wireless N starter kit is a great piece of gear which lets you set up a broadband network using the electrical wiring system in your house. It allows you to connect equipment wirelessly to this network or set up wired connections using ethernet cable.
In the box you will find two white plastic plugs which will fit into standard 13amp house sockets, a length of ethernet cable, a quick start guide and a CD which contains detailed set up instructions and a 54 page e-manual. Upgrading and adding to an existing Devolo network, I expected the set up to be a breeze. It turned out to be a bit of a nightmare of my own making. Perhaps I was too confident. I did, however, find the accompanying quick start guide rather ambiguous and confusing; and the manual very detailed, but intimidating, to begin with. Actually, the set up IS extremely SIMPLE. Let me try and help you not repeat my own experience.
If you look at the underside of the smaller of the two plugs, you will find only one ethernet socket. You connect one end of the ethernet cable provided to this socket. The other end you connect to an ethernet socket in your internet router. The larger of the two plugs has three ethernet sockets on the underside. Plug the large plug into another power socket and switch on the power at both sockets. For ease of set up, both sockets can be in the one room. You will observe green coloured lights beginning to flash on both plugs. It takes a little time, but you should eventually see a group of 3 green lights showing on each plug. On the smaller plug these will show horizontally across the bottom of the front plate. On the larger plug, the lights will show vertically. Once you have these displays, the network is configured and is up an running. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THESE DISPLAYS don't panic. On the underside of the smaller plug, next to the ethernet cable socket, you will find a little button. PRESS THIS! On the front plate of the larger plug you will find a vertical row of little buttons at the bottom right corner. PRESS THE BOTTOM BUTTON! After a moment or two, and some flashing green lights, the lights should settle down into the configuration display. If you cannot get configuration, check out the manual or 'phone the Devolo technical helpline. The technicians and very friendly and helpful, but you can experience communication problems. They are based in Germany.
Once you have configuration, you can then remove the larger of the two plugs from its socket and plug it into any other socket you want anywhere in your home. By using additional ethernet cable, (not supplied) you can then connect a wide range of devices which need a broadband connection. You simply plug one end of the cable into the device and the other into one of the three ethernet sockets on the underside of the big plug. You are now on line. This wired connection is known as a dLAN one.
If you want to connect wirelessy to your new network, by wLAN, you will have to go to the 'Settings' part of your device and seek out networks. Your Devolo network should then show. Selecting it, you will find that you require to submit a passwork before you can access the network. WHAT PASSWORD? The password you are looking for is the security ID which you will find on the back of the large plug! It consist of 4 groups of four letters. They are case sensitive and when you enter them you have to separate them using a - symbol. You only have to do this once. Previous Devolo kits came without a security set-up and relied on the buyer to set one up. This one comes with factory set security. Once up and running, this network provides a safe operating environment.
I purchased this pack hoping to ge improved WiFi capability for my iPad and to obtain a good quality TV picture via my BBC Freesat from BBC iPlayer. Both my hopes have been realised. I live in an old cottage with thick walls. My previous Devolo set up gave my a good WiFi in my bedroom signal provided the secondary unit was plugged in to a bedroom socket. I now get equally great WiFi reception on the iPad although the larger plug is now plugged into a socket in my sitting room, some distance away.
I am delighted with my recent purchase and would thoroughly recommend it.