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5.0 out of 5 stars dLAN 500 range: excellent ethernet over power, 18 Aug 2012
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Presumably, if you are looking at this page, you are either familiar with the dLAN range and need an extra plug, or else you are browsing Ethernet-over-power solutions and have stumbled across this single plug.

For those in the former category, there's not really much needed to be said about the quality of the dLAN 500 range. Dead simple to set up, adding an additional socket is as simple as plugging it in and turning it on. (This assumes you haven't bothered password protecting your set up - I haven't. Obviously, if you need a password you'll have to install the software and type it in.)

For those in the latter category, obviously buying a single plug in isolation would be pretty pointless, so I would like to draw your attention to either Devolo dLAN 500 AVmini (IEEE 1901/ Hplug AV) Network Kit - (3x plugs) (which was my original purchase), or Devolo dLAN 500 AVmini (IEEE 1901/ HPlug AV) Starter Kit - (2x plugs) (the twin equivalent). I wrote a review of these plugs in the Triple Pack page, I suggest you take a look for more detailed information. In summary: not only have I been delighted with them (better than wireless N by a country mile: more stable, lower latency, quicker speeds) but as far as I can work out, the dLAN 500 range are the industry leaders currently too. I'm sure this will be out of date information in the next year or so, but you can only buy what's on offer.

Finally, just to be clear: don't expect a network that runs at 500mbps. The maximum sync speed is 500mbps; the actual data rate you could expect would be more like 200mbps. Even then, these numbers are for optimum conditions: good wiring and using plugs close together. In practice, I use these across three floors. My typical sync speeds are around 280-300mbps, and my typical transfer rates are around 100mbps. (In particular, when transferring to/from my NAS [which is plugged into my router directly], the local LAN is actually the bottleneck!) The quoted "500mbps" speed is akin to the maximum wireless N speed of 300mbps: a number that bears little relation to the actual transfer rates you are likely to expect.

Overall, this more than matches 100mbps Ethernet and destroys wi-fi options out there. It's either this or going all out and routing CAT6 cables and opting for gigabit Ethernet. At this point, you are weighing up the convenience of avoiding the sometimes messy job of laying cables against the best speeds for home Ethernet out there. I leave that choice to you, however if your main use for these plugs is to help share an internet connection among many devices (computers, games consoles etc.), then unless you have 100meg broadband, these plugs ought to provide sufficient bandwidth to not restrict your internet connection.
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