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4.0 out of 5 stars Works for internet, slow across electrical ring circuits, 19 Dec. 2010
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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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Initial post: 15 Jul 2011 11:23:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jul 2011 11:28:19 BDT
Speakupboy says:
Thanks for the informative and useful review. I appreciate you took the time to write it up! One thing though is that it seems that your laptop worked better writing data wirelessly when it was on the ground floor than when it was next to the router in the attic! But hey- it's just tech...

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 08:24:51 GMT
Chris Dowey says:
Very useful to see some figures, thanks for posting.

Posted on 31 May 2012 20:20:46 BDT
M. Sims says:
Hello & thanks for this info. I use a homeplug system in my house and although I have not made precise measurements as you have I can tell you that the speed that you get may be more to do with your wiring than the homeplug/powerline kit. I ran a quick test downloading files to a laptop & found that I could achieve 4 times the speed on the fastest socket that I managed with the slowest, and oddly, the fastest & slowest were on opposite sides of the same wall. I use powerline for streaming Lovefilm & iPlayer to my television and it works fine nine times out of ten, and mostly if it is slow a reboot of my router solves the problem.
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