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4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to wireless, 11 Aug. 2008
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This review is from: Max Value 200Mbps Home Plug, Double Unit Pack (Electronics)
I was a little dubious about these plugs when I first saw them. 200MBPS connection for less than half of what big brands cost. However I opened the very nondescript white packaging, plugged them in to the wall, installed supplied Ethernet cables from the home-plugs to router and computer and they just worked. Nothing else required. The supplied Ethernet cables are about 1 meter long.

There is a software disk in the both, this contains a utility to password protect the plugs and also shows the connection speed. I have tried several plugs in my house and get between 150 and 195 mbps depending on distance. Be aware though that most router have a 100mbps switch which will limit the connection speed for the network. Definitely faster and more stable than wireless.

I only marked this down due to the size of the plugs, they are not small, probably twice the size of a large mobile phone charger. They also run a little warm and are not pretty, but definitely do the job for a good price.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2008 11:04:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2008 11:09:55 GMT
I am a bit confused.

The product's description states "supports 10/100 fast Ethernet Connection", therefore I would conclude that the throughput between your PC and the device cannot exceed 100 Mbps. However, you claim that you get 150-195 Mbps.

Has the device got a gigabit ethernet port or a 100 Mbps port?

My understanding is that, if the device only has a 100 Mbps ethernet port, it is only possible to fully benefit from the (up to) 200 Mbps if you create a network with more than 2 such Home Plugs. But it is never possible to get a PC to Pc transfer beyond 100 Mbps.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2009 11:08:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 May 2009 11:09:06 BDT
The key is the number of powerline adapters you plug in your mains.

If you plug four of these adapters, you will have four devices (i.e. PC/Playstation/set top box/whatever) sharing a 200 Mbps bus, which will be less likely to fill than a 85 Mbps bus.

The powerline adapters are supplied with a software tool that reports the bandwidth between the two adapters, which in the case of Mr. R. Garcin ranges from 150 to 195 Mbps. This figures depend on factors like the kind and quality of wiring in the building, and is not related to the bandwidth between your ethernet device (i.e. PC) and the powerline adapter, which is 100 Mbits (Fast Ethernet).

I hope this makes it clearer.

Regards,

Sergio

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 22:46:57 BDT
Dick_C says:
The 200 Mbps relates to effective bandwidth when operating at 100 Mbps Full Duplex. Examples as follows: 10 Mbps Half Duplex = 10 Mbps effective bandwidth, 10 Mbps Full Duplex = 20 Mbps effective bandwidth, 100 Mbps Half duplex = 100 Mbps effective bandwidth and finally 100 Mbps Full Duplex = 200 Mbps effective bandwidth. The device has a port capable of running at speeds of 10 or 100 Mbps either Half of Full Duplex. I hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 15:15:36 GMT
jbtibor says:
200 Mbps is the connection speed between devices and it's not TCP neither UDP, they have their own communication protocol.
I.e. here you can see that 200 Mbps homeplugs are capable of only 65 Mbps TCP (internet) speed:
http://simpler-networks.com/page/34
The actual TCP (internet) connection speed depends on many other factors, these are theoretical maximum values.
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