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4.0 out of 5 stars Work Great. 600 megablips worth the extra? Um. Um. Ummm.., 2 Feb. 2014
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Super. Smashing. Great Powerline adapters. But are they worth the extra? ...

IF YOU'RE NEW TO THIS NETWORKING MEDIUM..
One simply inserts one of these wee cuboid devices into the mains and connects it via ethernet to one's router. The other (and further) adapter(s) can then be plugged into any other mains socket in the house, and your Smart TV etc. plugged into that via ethernet cable. It's simple and in my experience very effective. Plus, you can get some adapters which also provide WiFi output -a very effective way of extending wireless over previously impossible distances.

The main differences between powerline devices are:
Physical Size
Connection Speed
Number of network connections (Ethernet Holes) available.
Mains 'through' socket (it can have a plug hole on the front so doesn't use-up a socket).
Whether or not they have a power switch and/or powersave mode where they go into standby.

IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH POWERLINE..
What can I say, you can see for yourself they have no plug socket on the front and there's only one hole on the bottom. They are small but quite deep so almost cube shaped.

IN USE
I already have a TP Powerline network and the guide thus stated these only need plugging in to join the network. However, I actually had to press the little 'pairing' button on this and the master plug for them to pair. I managed to do this without TOO big a sigh.

They go fine just as they're supposed to. That is, I can stream HD fillums seamlessly all around the house, from the drive connected to my router and via Lovefillum via (8 meg)broadband. They do all this, just like my TP-Link PA411KIT AV500 500 Mbps Powerline Adapter - Twin Pack ones do.

And this is a good point -these have no conspicuous advantages over the 500-speed ones with which they are compatible. The inclusion of a Gigaabit port is just about relevant as one will hopefully achieve speeds higher than 100Mbps. 600mbps doesn't mean precicely that -it's a theoretical number.

I find the powersave function does work but only when devices are switched off at the mains. My Soundbridge and Squeezebox players, when on standby themselves, still keep the adapters 'awake'. I would prefer an on/off switch on the actual adapter as well.

Against manufacturer's advice, I use these on mains extensions all over the house with no problem. Sometimes on daisy-chained extensions! I buy individually switched mains extensions to compensate for no switch on the devices.

Overall, these work fine. But worth the extra over the standard 500mbps ones? Probably not.

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[My Ref: I need TEE PEE for my BUNG HOOOOLE. 600mbps Adapters Jan 14]
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